Alternate Energy – Ireland Aims For Self-Dependence

Though Ireland has to depend on imports for meeting 90% of its current energy needs, it is currently aiming to produce 15% of the nation’s electricity needs through wind farming by 2010. However according to views expressed by universities and research institutions, Ireland’s ocean wave energy could be the real driving force for the country’s economy and can go a long way in making the country self-dependent.

In a move to further develop the country’s efforts to generate energy from ocean waves, a new testing site has been identified about two miles off the coast of An Spideal in County Galway Bay, popularly referred to as the Wavebob.  kk-leap  According to Dr Peter Heffernan, CEO of Ireland’s Marine Institute, the most powerful ocean waves of the world can be seen off the west coast in Ireland. With this as the backdrop it can easily be presumed that in future Ireland could become the world leader in the technology and implementation of harnessing ocean power for alternate energy generation.

According to David Taylor, CEO of the Sustainable Energy Initiative, or SEI, ocean energy is one of the most promising alternate energy resources of the future and it could very soon help Ireland with its electricity needs reducing its dependence on fossil fuels significantly.

The other development is with the termination of sugar beet industry, there is an increased opportunity to use Irish land resources for other purposes including production of bio-energy. This is confirmed by Padraig Walshe, the president of the Irish Farmers Association. The current scenario in Ireland is that renewable energy sources can meet only 2% of the country’s total energy demand. Because of low return on investment from energy crops, it is acting as impedance to the growth of the industry. Of course, energy from biomass should be further researched by the country to get maximum benefits.

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There are several Reiki symbols but most Reiki modalities use just four. Symbols are thought to possess a unique vibrational energy that helps facilitate the Reiki treatment. When they first were discovered and introduced to the Reiki practice, the symbols did not have names. They were simply called by numbers, from one to four. However, since each one of them conveys a specific purpose, they were given names.

The first symbol is called Cho Ku Rei and it is considered the Power Symbol. This means that during Reiki treatment the power of the universe is called upon to aid in the healing. Its literary translation is “place all the power of the universe right here.” Through this symbol, the Reiki Master is able to draw energy from the source and then he can focus on where he wants it to go.

This power symbol can be used to cleanse negative energies, to invoke spiritual protection, for treatment directed to one specific spot or organ, and to help in manifesting desires. It is also used to seal the energies of the other three symbols and even to make them more powerful. For this reason, this symbol is used at the end of the treatment so as to give it a golden seal.

The second symbol is called Sei Hei Ki, is the Mental & Emotional symbol. As is name implies it, this symbol is used to help those who are afflicted by emotional pain and/or mental turmoil.

The literal translation of this symbol means “God and Humanity Are One.” It is believed that this symbol helps activate the Kundalini, a corporeal energy located in the base of the spine. This energy also awakens during yoga and meditation creating balance between left and right hemispheres of the brain. This brings harmony, peace, and a sense of expanded consciousness. It also aids in the cleansing process, improves memory, clears energy blockages and aligns the chakras. It also provides psychic protection and eliminates negative vibrations.


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