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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Wave power

The plans for wave power announced today are exciting, innovative, and long overdue, and hold the prospect of potentially great direct and indirect benefits for Scotland.

It is fantastic to see the Government taking such a proactive approach towards wave power, and the machines will literally be tested to destruction in one of the most difficult areas of sea.

If even one of these devices can live up to its promise, then the possibilities for marine energy start to become real, and have the possibility of coming to fruition much earlier than expected.

Having had a very minor involvement with the Pelamis 'snake' project which was built in Arnish, I think it holds great promise as a possible winner.Pelamis snake wave power

However, the downside is that the plans to test the snake off the coast of Lewis must surely be being moved back (if not cancelled) while the company concentrate on the Pentland Firth.

The renewable energy debate moves on apace, with the options changing fairly rapidly. However, the technologies have yet to prove themselves, and the drop-off of conventional energy production is still looming, leaving a potential energy shortage on the horizon and looming closer.

Today's announcement is a huge and very welcome step in the right direction.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very interesting

Anonymous said...

Will it be ok to send the apprentice out (alone) for bacon rolls, when using an electric van that recharges purely from cheap renewable sources?

Anonymous said...

Only if you're buying the bacon rolls and the electricity from the Glorious Leader's outlet....

Anonymous said...

Looks like Mr Oppenheimer is getting out of the islands to leave us with his mess now he can get the cash.

Buyer beware.

Anonymous said...

A pity the council didn't have the sense or foresight to go in this direction several years back, rather than attempt to f*ck up the landscape of north Lewis against the wishes of the residents...

Anonymous said...

These sea snake things are planned for Loch Roag - aren't they?

Anonymous said...

Couldn't we join the Cllrs together and make our very own unique sea snake? It could be launched at broadbay?, that would be a tourist puller!

Anonymous said...

If you tie the councillors up and moor them in Broadbay, there'll be more shite in the water than any proposed super fish farm. The wild fish interests will have a meeting in their hut at the mere suggestion. LMAO

Anonymous said...

I understood that the Comhairle turned down marine as quicker returns were promised on onshore wind, and at the time Brian Wilson was at the Ministry and able to grease the wheels.

Anonymous said...

different day same sh###, anyone out there got a genuine suggestion rather than this self pity crap.

Anonymous said...

3.55 Are you on the right thread there?

Anonymous said...

Oppenheim is certainly looking like benefitting from onshore returns. Can he realy sell the wind farm he has just recieved planning permission for for 200M. You'd expect the lucky blighter to donate at least a hundred million to the people of the island. Have a light hearted think about how the council would wisely spend this imaginery renewable energy fund on our behalf; castle refurb, inprove road networks, maybe a 59 plate ice cream van kitted out with high tech bacon roll makers.

Brian Wilson said...

sitting in moscow airport and just read the twisted crap from "anonymous 10.40 a.m.". no wonder these poor souls remain anonymous.

Anonymous said...

Good to know your out there for us Brian. See if you can interest the powers that be to rekit the "Red Army" with Harris Tweed trench coats.

Anonymous said...

I'm sitting on the pier at Achmore enjoying the duty free shopping, and wondering why Harris Tweed Textiles LLP has 4 mortgages and hasn't filed the accounts to 31/12/08 which were due by 10/8/09.

Are you being prosecuted by the PF in Edinburgh for this delay Brian? Seeking political asylum in the USSR?

Brian Wislon said...

Not that I like to name drop, as I was just saying to Nelson Mandela, but my next sales trip is to the Vatican where the Pope has ordered 12,000 Harris Tweed chastity belts for the Priests. In extra scratchy material.

Brian Wislon said...

I'm sitting here in Geneva International submarine train terminal with Angus MacNeil planning to corner the market in Harris Tweed Toblerone covers.

Brian Wislon said...

I'm reading this blog in the penthouse swimming pool of a Bahamas 11-star hotel having by undercarriage pummelled by 14 ex-Miss World contestants dressed as frogs, wondering if we can manufacture 200 lightweight Harris Tweed snorkels by Tuesday.

Brian Wislon said...

I'm reading this blog whilst skydiving over Antarctica testing our new Harris Tweed parachute .......

Anonymous said...

Confused.com says - so we DID throw all our lobbying weight behind marine energy, and the Comhairle DID protest bitterly when AMEC and the DTI turned up in 2001 suggesting the biggest windfarm ever on Barvas Moor, and Minister Wilson NEVER commissioned any interconnector studies, NOR had any connections with AMEC or Virtual Utility - suddenly it all makes sense.

Brian Wislon said...

I'm reading this blog whilst having dinner with Barack Obama, but the Harris Tweed spoon isn't working quite as the designers said it would....

Brain Wislon said...

I'm reading this blog whilst fighting a Polar Bear dressed only in a Harris Tweed thong (that's the Polar Bear in a thong, not me) with the latest Harris Tweed knife developed by Alasdair Morrison, and ready to take the catwalks of Ho Chi Minn city by storm when we launch it at Industrial Boiler Suit 2010.

The cutting-edge design by Gervais O'Knobgobbler has already been picked up by Pocket Knife World, who will dedicate the entire July edition to our design.

This will be the subject of mass press hysteria when John Morrison issues the news releases next week.

A. Macallum said...

Brian I would have thought you would have corrected 3:16 and their school boy error confusing the Carloway crowd with the Shawbost snobs.

Anyway back to sticking more pins in the tweed voodo doll- they defintely work- got rid of several unsubordinate types today. Darling, DO THEY NOT KNOW WHO I AM??????

Dr Evadne said...

Hey Brian, when's your next visit to the Falklands? Or possibly St Kilda?

Anonymous said...

brian wilson is everywhere .... is this a beach boys world tout ?

Anonymous said...

G'wan can we have a Brian Wilson anagram competition?

Anonymous said...

There's something truly pathetic about this thread. Whatever else there is to carp about, Brian Wilson put commitment (yes, and used contacts) to do something special with the Harris Tweed industry which had become moribund. It's a real success, should be applauded by all Islanders, but the poisonous cyberNats can't keep their little talons off the keyboard.

Anonymous said...

Re - 7.43

Perhaps the Cybernats have a real problem with pragmatic, practical politicians.

It seems to spark off a great deal of envy and spite.

Anonymous said...

Is this the same Brian Wilson who has a new road out to his house and has engineered the St Kilda Centre on his brothers land?

Anonymous said...

10.32

No, that one is the one of your fevered and bitter imagination. Not a shred of truth in any of it. The Gisla road (a couple of miles long, and a long way from his house) was many years in the planning and was needed needed before the quarry traffic rattled Enaclete to pieces. BW doesn't have a brother in Uig, and the land in question is owned by the Hamnaway estate.

Anonymous said...

Switch on your sense of humour! Big BW is a hardy public figure, who didn't get to the UK ministry by being a hand holding tissue wringing wimp, he can take a bit of stick. Virtually no-one would knock what he has done for HT, but until deified he's not above a spot of criticism either. A few folk could do with remembering that the UK in the 21st century more or less supports freedom of speech.

As for the regional carping, well yes, undoubtedly lots of areas would like to have some-one with BW's influence moving in. But they don't and so it is human nature for people to feel frustrated, p*ss*d off and downright jealous.

So I reckon 7.43, that you should lighten up a little, and think of some more creative combinations for BW and HT in exotic locations - laughter is good for you, in case you didn't know.

Anonymous said...

7:43

oh its just a bit of fun, for flick sakes! "Brian"- you need your own twitter thingy, we need to know of your globe trotting antics in the name of tweed gadgets on a regular basis :D

Anonymous said...

It’s very interesting to see how much folk have to say about a massive opportunity that never took off on this Island.

The renewable energy ship may well have sailed for us, why any developer would want to deal with Islanders is beyond me as we sent a clear message to the world on the wind farm issue, we can't agree on anything. In my travels around the country and Northern Europe I'm seeing a lot of renewable energy projects in action. We have virtually nothing... well apart from a few planning applications, some of which probably aren't worth the paper they are printed on.

As for the fool who thinks a smart cookie like Brian would have anything to do with Harris Tweed Textiles.... Once you finish drinking the local Achmore moonshine do some homework. There is a website called Google, a good starting point.

As for 10:40.... Google is probably too advanced for you.

Anonymous said...

7.46 Another miserable person in the Church of Brian. Smile and the world smiles with you!