Clare wave energy project brought to life for students

Clare wave energy project brought to life for students

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ESB visited local schools in the wider Doonbeg area this week to demonstrate ocean energy technology and discuss the ESB’s Westwave project located nearby in nearby Killard.

Pupils were shown how renewable energy will be generated from the ocean using a small scale wave machine. ESB Westwave is a pioneering ocean energy project and will be the first wave farm in the world to generate renewable electricity. It is due to start construction in 2016 and produce power in 2018.

Ocean energy was brought to life with a specially designed wave machine used to demonstrate how wave energy works on a smaller scale. Fifth and sixth class pupils engaged in a short presentation, a practical demonstration and an interactive session.

Commenting on the project, Aodán McDonagh Project Engineer, ESB Westwave said: “By using a wave machine we were able to engage with the children and give them a better understanding of how ocean energy works. The visits also help develop interest in the Science, Technology and Maths subjects.”

He added: “We want to involve the local community in this project, and these schools visits will go towards helping the local community understand the pioneering work ESB is undertaking with the ESB Westwave project.”

All pics by Press 22

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