Ocean Energy Ireland News

  • Data and information for planning and permitting of offshore renewable energy developments in Irish waters

    As part of the implementation of the Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan, the Environmental Working Group was set up to ensure the sustainable development of Ireland’s offshore renewable energy resource.  The group is establishing the requirements for environmental data collection and the monitoring of potential environmental impacts arising from the development of offshore renewable energy installations.

  • RTE’s Seascapes cover Tony Lewis Symposium

    Global leaders in the field of marine renewable energy convened in Cork on the 29th February to attend a 2-day symposium in honour of the ‘father of ocean energy’, Professor Tony Lewis. The Lewis Symposium, hosted by the MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, was held in recognition of the significant contributions made by Professor Tony Lewis to the field of Ocean Energy. RTE’s maritime radio programme “Seascapes” covered the event in two episodes. Please see links below to listen:

  • International Conference on Ocean Energy 2016

    Ireland was well represented at last week’s 6th International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE), which took place in Edinburgh from 23rd-25th February.  There were over 20 Irish companies and 30 delegates represented on the ‘Ireland Open for Business’ stand. The event, which  brings together interested parties from the global ocean energy industry every two years, attracted over 900 delegates, 70 exhibitors, 100 international speakers, and a variety of investors, developers, and government agents from all over the world.

  • Launch of Ireland’s Marine Renewable Energy Atlas

    Ireland’s Marine Renewable Energy Atlas is an on-line mapping service for the marine renewable energy community.  Researchers, developers and anyone with an interest in the future prospects for Ireland’s offshore renewable energy can freely view and download relevant marine spatial data.  The Marine Energy Atlas is a one-stop-shop for spatial information about the marine environment. It is a planning tool for resource assessment, identification of sites for development or understanding environmental and oceanographic interactions.   

  • 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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