Category Archives: Issues

Top tourist attractions revealed

The Giant’s Causeway has been named as Northern Ireland’s top tourist attraction in 2014 with 790,000 visitors. This was followed by Titanic Belfast (630,000 visitors), the Ulster Museum (470,000 visitors) and Derry’s...

New Victims Commissioner appointed

The Office of the First and Deputy first Minister has recently announced the appointment of a new Victims Commissioner to replace the highly regarded Kathryn Stone who left the post in June...

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...