Episode 1 – Offshore Wind

8.30pm, RTE One – Monday 11th November

Currently just 30% of Irish electricity comes from renewables and existing plans should bring that to 55% by 2030 but the government has announced a new ambition to make it 70% by then. So where is all that extra energy going to come from? Well, the answer might be right on our doorstep.

Offshore Wind is destined to become the next big thing in our strive towards a cleaner, greener future.  With innovative floating ocean platforms and cheaper technologies, we investigate why it’s time for Ireland to go big and tap into the huge ocean energy resource on our very doorstep!  In Cork, we meet Val Cummins and Jimmy Murphy to investigate the latest Irish research into floating platform technologies, and in Portugal, we meet the engineers working on the WindFloat Atlantic project, a major milestone in the renewable energy sector which will see the largest turbine ever to be installed on a floating platform!

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Meanwhile in Weird Science, Fergus reveals how the natural world has been using wind power for millions of years…

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