Ocean Energy Ireland News

  • 2 New Funding Calls Open at SmartBay

    Marine Institute SmartBay National Infrastructure Access Programme (NIAP) 2018

    On 21 December 2018 the Marine Institute launched the latest National Infrastructure Access Programme (NIAP). This programme is designed to fund access for small scale projects to the SmartBay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site infrastructure in Galway Bay or provide access to the data feeds from the test site.

  • MEA Project opens first call


    The Marine Energy Alliance (MEA) is a 4 year European Territorial Cooperation project running from May 2018 to May 2022. The project has a total budget of €6 million and is finacially supported by Interreg North West Europe, who provides €3.6 million of ERDF funding.

  • Inauguration of the Lir National Ocean Test Facility

    On January 1, the Lir National Ocean Test Facility (Lir-NOTF) will progress to the operational phase of its life cycle with the completion of three years of commissioning works. To celebrate this important milestone, Lir-NOTF will be hosting an official inauguration event on January 18 2019. The keynote speech will be delivered by an Tánaiste Simon Coveney TD, with Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD, the President of UCC Patrick O'Shea, the Lord Mayor of Cork and the Mayor of County Cork all in attendance. Representatives from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, who part funded the development of the facility, and leading industry partners from the ocean energy sector will also be in attendance.

  • SmartBay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site Activities

    Ireland is actively committed to harnessing its abundant marine renewable energy resources and is dedicated to developing an indigenous ocean energy industry in the process. A key attribute in the ongoing effort to achieve this goal is the continued improvement and expansion of several outstanding test and demonstration facilities covering all stages of technology development. These facilities include the Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site located within the confines of Galway Bay. This article provides an update on the current activities taking place at the test site.

  • Ocean Energy Europe 2018 Conference

    Ocean Energy Europe 2018 Conference Activities

    Next week, on the 30th and 31st of October, Ocean Energy Ireland and SEAI will be exhibiting at the Ocean Energy Europe 2018 Conference (OEE2018), which this year is taking place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Ocean Energy Ireland will have a stand in the exhibition hall (No. 19 - 20) and welcome all Irish delegates to visit the stand and to make use of our meetings facilities.

  • MaRINET2 opens 3rd call for free access to testing facilities

    The MaRINET2 project will open a call for applications on the 1st November 2018. Successful applicants will receive free access to a world-leading network of testing and research infrastructures. The call is open to offshore energy technology developers, including wind, wave and tidal energy at system and component level. Deadline for application is on the 15th December 2018.

  • Prototype Development Fund Case Study: Sea Power

    Set up in 2009 SEAI’s Prototype Development Fund is currently supporting 28 project. In the second article of this series, featuring projects supported through the Prototype Development Fund, we look at the deployment of the SeaPower Platform at the Galway Bay Marine Renewable Energy Test Site.

  • International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) 2018

    SEAI will be exhibiting at the 7th International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE), between June 12th - 14th, in Cherbourg, France. Hosted by West Normandy Marine Energy, ICOE is supported by the Normandy region, Manche Department, Le Cotentin Communauté d’Agglomération, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin City and the International Energy Agency (IEA) through Ocean Energy Systems (OES).

  • Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan Interim Review Report

    On May 18th the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) published the interim review of the Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP). The aim of the interim review is to assess the progress to date on the key policy actions set out in the OREDP. The review also identifies the challenges that have emerged since the reports publication. The DCCAE established an Oversight Group to guide the interim review. The group included representatives from the DCCAE, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), and the offshore renewable energy (ORE) industry.

  • €3m available to Irish ocean energy companies as part of EU COFUND project

    Funding available through new €17m OCEANERA-NET COFUND project
    Ireland collaborates with five European countries to advance the ocean energy sector

    A new €17 million fund has been launched in support of the ocean renewable energy sector. The fund, which is part of the OCEANERA-NET COFUND project, brings together a consortium of seven governments and agencies from across Europe who are committed to advancing research and development in the ocean energy sector.

  • New application for databases launched on the Ocean Energy Portal

    The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and the Marine Institute (MI) launched two new databases in 2016: The Inventory for Environmental Planning and the new Ocean Energy Supply Chain database. Both databases were developed under the Ocean Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP) which was published in 2014. These databases have now been launched in a new application which aims to simplify the user experience so data can be identified and downloaded in the easiest manner possible.

  • SmartBay Ireland successfully passes surveillance audit ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2008

    SmartBay Ireland has successfully continued its accreditation under ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2008.  A surveillance audit took place over the 9th and 10th of November and was carried out by SGS, a global provider of verification, testing and certification support. SmartBay Ireland’s processes and commitment to continuous improvement were recognised as meeting all standard requirements during the surveillance audit.

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