The Mayo News reported that Government ministers have pledged Euro 2m to allow tests on an Atlantic wave power system.

According to the report, the system would be built off the Mullet peninsula – between Annagh and Frenchpoint – and could mean that Ireland becomes a world leader in the commercial harnessing of wave power.

A spokeswoman for Energy Minister Eamon Ryan told the paper: “This site has been recommended following a comprehensive site evaluation and selection report by the Marine Institute and ESB International.”

The report said that when fully operational, the system will provide developers with a guaranteed connection to the National Grid and the ability to test and sell the electricity they produce.

Government ministers believe this will result in increased ocean energy testing and development off the Mayo coast, and predicted that the power they produce could soon be powering homes and businesses in Mayo.

A recent report suggested that Ireland could become one of the world’s leaders in green energy production.

To achieve this, scientists suggested that more money would have to be invested in new energy technologies.

James Cooper

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