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Most Irish wind/weather hits Britain after a lag of a day or so (=/-) but that lag is, of itself, important in load balancing, as you point out.  Only occasional large anti-cyclones give similar (relatively calm) conditions to both Britain and Ireland at the same time.  (It's been so long since we've had one, I'll gladly power down the heating if it happens...)

I'm not sure why wave power seems perennially stuck at the "experimental" stage - the problems (to me) seem to be more financial than technical.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Jun 22nd, 2011 at 09:56:16 AM EST
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With mechanical parts immersed in turbulent salt water, the technical challenges are durability and maintenance; but indeed the financial challenge is bigger (with the rise of wind power as parallel, an initial market for hundreds of units of multiple manufacturers would have to be created somewhere).

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by DoDo on Wed Jun 22nd, 2011 at 10:11:19 AM EST
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