Category Archives: Issues

Launch of Gaelectric energy storage

A hundred guests attended the launch of Gaelectric’s compressed air energy storage (CAES) project at the Merchant Hotel, Belfast, in early June.  The briefing included a project update and an assessment of...

Flexibility essential for the future

Our panel discussion points to the need to adapt to changing market conditions and technologies. The need for flexibility in a time of considerable change for the energy system was the main...

Larne CAES: a project update

A breakthrough in technology by Gaelectric’s partner company, Dresser-Rand, has led to the company choosing a site at Islandmagee. The deep salt formation (1,500m below ground level) and the nearby gas and...

Business models for storage

Simon Bradbury, principal consultant with Pöyry, outlines how energy storage can deliver benefits for the energy sector. Interest in energy storage is “definitely on the up” in Great Britain, Pöyry Management Consulting’s...

CAES: bright prospects

Keith McGrane, who heads up Gaelectric’s energy storage operations, explains the story so far and anticipates a positive outlook for the technology. Meeting the challenge of putting “air underground under pressure” has...

The Big Smoke

Gaelectric CEO Brendan McGrath calls for strong action to tackle fossil fuels, drawing on the example of the fight against tobacco, and explains how energy storage offers a practical and effective way...

Infrastructure’s growth prospects

Multi-disciplinary consultancy RPS Group is experiencing strong and increasing demand for its core services, building on its successful delivery of infrastructure projects. Its Managing Director in Belfast, Mike Shaw, outlines the company’s...

Unlock local potential in health

GP Nigel Campbell discusses the role and impact of local commissioning groups with Ciarán Galway. “There’s so much more to be delivered locally and I think that’s where I’m a great advocate...

Harnessing the power of our diaspora

Andrew Cowan, Chief Executive of Northern Irish Connections, tells agendaNi about the tangible progress being made to form strong links within our diaspora network and the long-term benefits this will have for...

Defining good governance

When you hear the word ‘governance’ the words probity, value for money, risk and compliance can spring to mind.  Leading Governance Managing Director Joy Allen explains that all of those are important...