March 15, 2006


There's an experimental power generation machine sitting in the Galway Docks today. It generates electricity by harnessing energy from sea waves and will be tethered in the sea near Spiddal for the next few months. It's one of two prototypes under evaluation this year. Given the potential energy in the North Atlantic, here's hoping that the experiment is a success. I can't be the only one disappointed that they called their yellow sea 'creature' WaveBob instead of SpongeBob SquarePants.

It's not the first machine in the west to harness the power of the sea. On Doorus peninsula, there are still the remnants of a mill (at Tawnagh West) that was powered by both wind and the tide. The tidal current is quite strong there, and the wheel could be powered by both the incoming and outgoing tide.[I have some photos of it but they are rather poor. I'll have to go back there].I don't have exact dates for when it was in operation but it's at least 200 years old. It's also a protected site.

Posted by Monasette at March 15, 2006 11:02 PM

If you are going to watch SpongeBob, you really have to watch it as Gaeilge on TG4 (around 17:00 weekdays, set your VCR).

And now Wavebob is going to be in An Spideal as well......

Posted by: Brendan at March 16, 2006 10:48 AM

Here in Québec, Sponge Bob goes by the name of Bob L'Eponge, which I love. Now, what would his name be in Irish?

Posted by: brad at March 16, 2006 02:05 PM