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Energy Bridge Conference

May 01, 2013

Byrne Looby Partners attended the Energy Bridge Conference in Tullamore on Tuesday 30th April. The Conference presented the opportunities for Irish businesses, in the proposed Energy Bridge project to export 5,000MW of electricity generated from wind power to Great Britain. Byrne Looby has had involvement in significant wind farms on the island of Ireland undertaking the role of Civil Engineering Consultant.

The conference detailed Ireland’s challenges for wind energy generation with the state being required to meet 40% of its electricity demand from renewable sources by 2020. Ireland currently produces approximately 20% of its power needs through renewables, the shortfall is likely to be made up through wind energy and it is anticipated that almost 2,000MW of additional wind energy will be generated in Ireland by 2020.

In addition it is proposed to supply some of the UKs renewable energy requirements from windfarms in Ireland. The UK must meet a requirement of 30% of energy demand from renewable energy by 2020, this equates to 35,000MW and are currently producing 8,000MW from renewables. This will require the development of additional turbines.

This construction of the new turbine provides great opportunities for civil engineering professionals in Ireland. Byrne Looby have significant wind farm capabilities and consultancy experience in relation to environmental, geotechnical and civil engineering aspects of these project. Read about our work on Glenconway Wind Farm the largest renewable generating site in Northern Ireland.