Ocean Energy Ireland News

  • Ocean Energy Ireland gets a boost from Apple Inc.

    Today the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) announced a Memorandum of Understanding with Apple to promote the development of ocean energy in Ireland. Apple has committed a €1 million fund that will help developers who receive an SEAI grant to test their ocean energy prototypes in the Galway Bay Ocean Energy Test Site.

  • Updates to the Ocean Energy Portal

    The Ocean Energy Portal (“the Portal”) developed by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and the Marine Institute, is a “first stop shop” enabling developers to engage with Ireland’s ocean energy support sectors aswell as providing the most relevant and up to date industry information. It brings together information from 26 different agencies involved in supporting and developing the sector.

  • Galway Bay Ocean Observatory Completed

    SEAI, the Marine Institute and Commissioners of Irish Lights deliver Ireland’s latest marine research environment

    Monday 10th August 2015: A significant piece of ocean research infrastructure was brought to fruition with the completion of the Galway Bay underwater ocean observatory over the weekend.  Through the combined effort of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), the Marine Institute and Commissioners of Irish Lights, the final piece of equipment has been deployed to give researchers and ocean energy developers unique insight into the Galway bay marine environment. 

  • Video of Cable Installation in Galway Bay Now Available

    The Marine Institute recently commissioned a video showing the installation of the subsea power and data cable at the Ocean Energy Testbed in Galway Bay.  It features interviews with representatives from the partnering institutions, including The Marine Institute and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) SmartBay Ltd, MarEI (UCC) and Dublin City University. The cable provides critical infrastructure to support the trial and validation of novel sensors and prototype wave energy equipment within a real-world marine environment. The installation is taking place in several phases and the observatory is expected to be fully operational by September 2015.  

  • An Taoiseach Officially Opens UCC Beaufort Building

    SFI MaREI Centre & LIR to be housed at €15 Million Beaufort Building in Ireland’s maritime quarter

    An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. officially opened the UCC Beaufort Building in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork on Saturday 11th of July. Beaufort will house both the LIR National Ocean Test Facility (NOTF) and 135 researchers from the MaREI centre (www.marei.ie). The 4,700m2 five storey building with state-of-the-art wave simulators, test tanks, workshops and offices provides Ireland with world-class infrastructure for renewable energy and maritime research to power the ‘blue economy’.

  • Ireland Pavilion at International Convention for Marine Renewable Energy 2015, France

    The International Convention for Marine Renewable Energy (THETIS MRE) in Nantes, France was on 20th-21st May 2015.  The theme of the Conference was ‘Marine Renewable Energy, from Opportunity to Industrial Reality.’  It provided an opportunity to (i) Promote services dedicated to marine renewable energy that will support business development; (ii) Gather national and international stakeholders to promote the role of marine renewable energy within energy policy.

  • SEAI to hold Public Information Day on proposed Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site and offer energy saving advice

    The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) will hold an energy information event at the Civic Offices in Belmullet on 11th June 2015. Members of the public are invited to attend this event to get updates on the proposed Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site and free energy saving advice for their homes and businesses that will be available on the day between 2pm and 8pm.

  • A major upgrade of national marine R&D infrastructure is underway in Galway Bay

    The first phase of installation of Ireland’s first subsea cabled observatory was completed this week.  The observatory is located at the Ocean Energy Test and Demonstration Site in Galway Bay.  The test site is located 1.5km offshore in water depths of circa. 23m and is restricted to shipping.  The first phase of the installation was the deployment of the cable which extends from a shore station located at the second level school ‘Colaiste Chroí Mhuire,’ in Spiddal to an underwater frame on the test site. The cable is 4km in length and provides power and high bandwidth delivery of data to the observatory and the test site.

  • Welcome to Ireland's Marine Renewable Energy Portal

    Welcome to the Ireland’s Marine Renewable Energy Portal!  The Portal provides a consolidated source of information for the ocean energy community - it is a ‘one stop shop’ where you can find the most relevant and up to date information.  It is your guide to marine renewable energy development in Ireland.  In excess of 25 organisations have contributed content to the site. 
    The site was launched at the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) in Halifax in November 2014, the sector’s leading industry event. This launch consisted of a conference presentation delivered by Brian Carroll of DCENR (see here), a promotional video and an exhibition stand that drew under the Irish representatives at the event together under the Ocean Energy Ireland brand.

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