Future of boat building ‘plain sailing’ for Gweedore company

first_imgTimmy Boyle, owner of Atlantic Composites, a boat manufacturing business in Donegal’s Gaeltacht, has had a love of boats since he was a young boy. A native of Gaoth Dobhair, Timmy has been fortunate to have lived beside the Wild Atlantic Ocean most of life.In 1976, he travelled to London to pursue greener pastures at a time when there was little work in rural Donegal. That lasted only 6 years and he returned to settle back in Gaoth Dobhair with his wife and three children, where he started working for an electronic components manufacturing company. Unfortunately that company closed in the mid 2000’s and he was left unemployed.Married with 3 of a family and a passion for boats, Timmy always wanted to have his own boat building business. In 2008 Atlantic Composites, a boat design, boat manufacturing and boat maintenance repair business was established along with a business partner. Today, eight years later, Timmy continues to operate solely, a successful and growing boat manufacturing and repair business from the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park in Donegal’s Gaeltacht.The company is helped out by Údarás na Gaeltachta’s enterprise development scheme which assists entrepreneurs by encouraging new investment in Gaeltacht areas, nurturing already established businesses, and enhancing the skill base of those living in Gaeltacht communities!The company has invested heavily in research and development in recent years. They supply boats and maintenance services to an extensive customer base, including the Irish Coastguard, Inland Fisheries Ireland, commercial ferries, sub-aqua clubs and numerous companies in the private and marine leisure sectors in Ireland and Northern Ireland.”“Atlantic Composites are the only boat manufacturing company in Ireland to use Vacuum Infusion technology to manufacture its RIB boats. The company are actively linking with third level institutions to further develop the use of this technology for use in other products. Atlantic Composites currently employ 4 full time and 1 part time staff and were delighted when they secured at the end of 2015, a 5 year contract from The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority. “We were delighted when we were awarded this contract for the next 5 years from the The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority. We have already completed the first phase of the project. This year will see us complete the second phase, and with a maintenance contract secured for the next 5 years, along with servicing our existing client base, we will be in a position to employ at least another 2 or 3 people at our plant soon.”, says Timmy.“Being based in what is generally regarded to be a “remote” part of the world has certainly not prevented us from expanding or doing business. We offer a collection and delivery service which has been a real benefit for our clients and they return time and time again.”“I have been interested in the repair and use of boats from an early age and I am a great believer that to build a good boat you need to be a great boatman.  All of the staff have the same passion for boats that I have and I have been really fortunate to have top class and experienced craftsmen working with me.”“They are all from the local area and I am delighted that I can provide them with employment. For them, working on a project and getting to test it personally in the waters, is rewarding.”, says Timmy.“It’s not always “plain sailing” when setting up your own business, let alone a manufacturing business, and I have to personally say that Údárás na Gaeltachta have been a massive support to me since 2008.” “They have steered me in the right direction at every stage. Údarás provided us with a premises in the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park, which they upgraded to a standard that enabled us to produce the boats, and along with a range of supports, training and networking opportunities, their help has without doubt added to our success.”, he said.Atlantic Composites are also currently in discussions with marine agencies in the UK and hope to secure contracts for export in the coming 6 months. “Our main focus for 2016 is to get our name out there to agencies across the waters in UK and to gain access to the export market. Our plan is to  invest in online marketing activities that will raise more awareness of our company in an effort to attract more contracts globally and we are really looking forward to that.” he added.“I would encourage any young person, unemployed person or anyone thinking about “taking the plunge” to start a business from Donegal’s Gaeltacht to contact the team at Údáras na Gaeltachta. I and my family have seen the young people from the area having no choice but to travel abroad for work over the past numbers of years.”“And it is so heartening to now see them return to their homes because companies like those that Údáras na Gaeltachta are supporting, are providing employment opportunities here for them. The future is bright for Atlantic Composites and we are looking forward to being at the “helm” of boat making in Donegal’s Gaeltacht for many years to come.” concludes Timmy. To learn more about Údarás na Gaeltachta’s enterprise development scheme you can visit their website!Future of boat building ‘plain sailing’ for Gweedore company was last modified: October 16th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Batteries Included

first_imgFactoring in storageThe new Primary Energy Renewable (PER) factors utilized by the Classic, Plus, and Premium Passive House standards include a localized assessment of requirements for short- and long-term storage. These naturally differ by climate and are a function of renewable energy supply over on-site seasonal demand. As we can see from the graphs shown in Image #2 (below), short-term battery storage is only fully effective in the summer, when these batteries can be regularly recharged. However, the winter month of January shows long periods where these batteries are not replenished and supplemental grid power is required. These periods will require innovation in long-term renewable energy storage technologies in order for our grid to become truly fossil-fuel free.The race for renewable energy storage currently looks like a competition between two gasses: the conversion of renewable energy into either hydrogen or methane, both of which can be burned cleanly and (hopefully) safely at the power plant. Whichever gas wins, it’s clear that we will need to bend the arc of energy efficiency to drastically reduce peak winter demands in order to transition to an all renewable energy future. This is exactly what Passive House already does. This article was originally written for Passive House Buildings, the magazine of the North American Passive House industry, which is published by Low Carbon Productions. The skewed economics of net meteringIn the rush to accelerate and incentivize the installation of PV systems, well-meaning governments and utilities set up net metering1 or feed-in tariff pricing structures whereby building owners are paid for all the energy they supply to the grid (generally at the utility wholesale price and sometimes at full retail price) regardless of when the energy is generated and whether there is a demand for it. This worked well — until it didn’t. When excess summer generation started to wreak havoc on grid pricing structures, the flaw in net metering could no longer be ignored and utilities were still required to supply peak loads when renewable energy generation couldn’t match demand. Our All-Renewable Energy FutureAn Introduction to the Duck CurveBatteries for Off-Grid HomesReport from the Passive House Conference in MaineA Passivhaus Conference in GermanyRedefining PassivhausA Lesson From the Kranichstein Passive House The arc of efficiencyOne of the few building standard frameworks that has not fallen into this net metering trap is that developed by the Passive House Institute (PHI). When PHI overhauled their source energy targets in 2015 to include an equitable accounting for renewable energy, both short- and long-term battery storage were carefully considered. Efficiency measures were kept isolated from solar generation credits, while the need for electrical storage was factored into, planned for and optimized for the future scenario of an all renewable energy. As a confirmation of this methodology, a 2016 study conducted by Delia D’Agostino of the Joint Research Center, European Commission and Danny Parker of the Florida Solar Energy Center modeled a baseline building in various climates across Europe to find the most cost-effective options for reaching the European Union’s nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) targets. Both U.S. and European researchers confirmed “that it is possible to reach a very low energy design in new buildings with source energy savings approximately between 90% and 100% or beyond.”5 Their study affirmed the need to include costs for short-term electrical storage as part of a more accurate economic assessment.We now know that commercial-scale battery storage combined with solar — a combination that helped address peak loads in Kauai6 —can easily “confit” the duck curve of our daily peak loads. Further innovations in short-term battery storage will quickly (and likely economically) solve our daily peak challenge. However, in order to fully wean ourselves off fossil fuels, we will need to shift our building frameworks to mirror those of Passive House standards, which focus specifically on reducing peak demands in order to shave peak seasonal loads. To do so, the cost of storage must be included in all optimization calculations in order to economically transition to an all-renewable-energy future. Almost everyone has a story about receiving an awesome gift, only to find they couldn’t use it until hours later because the box lacked one essential item — the battery. Remember the frustration, and how easily that manufacturer could have made you happy if they weren’t so cheap?You may be equally annoyed to learn that well-intentioned codes and green building certifications, with the exception of Passive House, have been doing exactly the same as these manufacturers — omitting an essential operational item from their packaging and short-changing building owners, many of whom intended to be significant contributors to addressing climate change.How is this possible? RELATED ARTICLES center_img Utilities2 started to push back against these newly empowered (pun intended) home energy generators, who now had access to their own means of production (but not distribution.) These new grid contributors failed to recognize that their energy was not being saved for use at a more convenient time — the grid is not a storage system and is not set up to provide banking services. Yet they still felt entitled to be paid, regardless of whether their energy was being used or not.This issue of electricity demands that are misaligned with solar contributions hit the early adopter regions of Germany first, followed by the states of Hawaii and California, where it has set off the biggest duck-related crisis since California’s 2004 attempt to ban foie gras3. Many a power-point pundit prematurely clanged the death-knell of the utility business model, as they simultaneously scratched their collective heads on how to flatten the “duck curve”4 — the name given to the graph illustrating the exacerbated ramp-up of daily peak demand caused by the incongruous timing of increased solar generation. Clearly, renewables alone were not going to meet our daily energy demand cycles or relieve utilities of the burden of meeting peak loads — which still commonly must be met using fossil fuel sources. Which peaks matter?To make matters worse, well-intentioned policymakers, code developers, and building certification entities may have inadvertently exacerbated this misalignment by pushing building programs optimized by net-metering economics, which rest on the flawed assumption that the grid functions as a bank. This assumption increases the difficulty of meeting winter peak loads.We must first acknowledge that there are actually two peaks in building energy use: daily and seasonal. The duck curve reflects the daily peak cycle, but the more challenging peak happens as we move from cooling to heating loads. Because net-metering economics distribute PV generation over the year, rather than seasonally, this seasonal peak is discounted, as are the benefits of increased efficiency measures. Efficiency improvements become disproportionally skewed by the decreasing costs of generation and are made to look less cost-effective. Insulation levels become determined by annual average building performance, rather than by seasonal requirements. (This is the equivalent of advising someone to wear the same outfit all year round, instead of dressing according to the season.) Building programs — including many aiming at net zero — may have missed the opportunity to optimize performance for worst-case, seasonal loads, which in turn makes a transition to all renewable energy generation that much more difficult. Footnotes1. Net metering (or net energy metering, NEM) allows consumers who generate some or all of their own electricity to use that electricity anytime, instead of when it is generated.2. Nevada Utility Continues Rooftop Solar War, Opposes Net Metering – EcoWatch.3. The California foie gras law, California S.B. 1520,[1] is a California State statute that prohibits the “force feed[ing of] a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size” (California Health and Safety Code § 25981) as well as the sale of products that are a result of this process (§ 25982).4. In commercial-scale electricity generation, the duck curve is a graph of power production over the course of a day that shows the timing imbalance between peak demand and renewable energy production.5. Comprehensive Modeling of Optimal Paths to Reach Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEBs) for New Constructions in Europe by Delia D’Agostino and Danny Parker.6. “Hawaii co-op signs deal for solar+storage project at 11¢/kWh.” Passive + Renewables is the focus of the upcoming 2017 North American Passive House Network Conference & Expo, being hosted in Oakland from October 4th to 8th, 2017. The Primary Energy Renewables framework will be more deeply explored at this event in workshops and presentations during the core conference program. Bronwyn Barry is an architect and the president of the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN.)last_img read more

PM to watch CWG hockey final

first_imgPrime Minister Manmohan Singh will cheer the Indian hockey team which clashes with world champion Australia in the Commonwealth Games final at the Dhyan Chand Stadium here on October 14.Singh will watch the match in the company of former Olympians, PMO sources said.UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul had cheered the Indian hockey team at the same venue where it had thrashed Pakistan 7-3 and entered semifinals. In the semis, India defeated England in a tie-breaker yesterday.Singh was present at the dazzling opening ceremony of the Games along with President Pratibha Patil and Prince Charles.last_img