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 organised an Ocean Energy Ireland Pavilion, at the event. The organisations who participated on the Ocean Energy Ireland Pavilion were:
- Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR);
- Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI);
- Marine Institute;
- Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI);
- National Ocean Test Facility (LiR);
- SmartBay Ireland;
- Commissioners of Irish Lights;
- TechWorks Marine
The primary objective of the Irish pavilion was to demonstrate what Ireland has to offer the International Ocean Energy community and in particular to promote our first class marine renewable research facilities and expertise to fully support ocean energy project development. Furthermore we promoted the fact that Ireland can facilitate all stages of development in the sector for instance:
- The LiR National Ocean Test Facility (UCC), offers wave basin and flume infrastructure which can test devices up to 1/15th scale.
- The cabled Galway Bay Test Site is ideal for developers wishing to undertake low-cost sea trials and validation of devices and components at various technology readiness levels (up to TRL 5-6).
- The Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (AMETS) Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (AMETS) is being developed by SEAI to facilitate testing of full scale wave energy converters in an open ocean environment.
The message we communicated to delegates was that ‘Ireland is open for business.’ We promoted Ireland’s Marine Renewable Energy Portal, as a single source of information for all Ocean Energy related services in Ireland. An interactive touch screen was used at the conference to highlight this fantastic resource and encouraged many delegates to stop by the stand.
Several Irish companies were exhibiting as part of the Ireland Pavilion. SmartBay highlighted the recent deployment of the subsea cable to the Galway Bay Ocean Energy Test Site. The cable will allow unlimited data transfer from the site for companies and researchers testing innovative marine technology including renewable ocean energy devices. TechWorks Marine showcased their suite of environmental monitoring and data acquisition services to delegates. CIL outlined their core function, which is safety at sea, and described services on offer e.g. vessel services, tailored buoyage systems and highlighted their new tourism initiative, Great Lighthouses of Ireland.
For further information on THETIS MRE please visit http://thetis-emr.com/en/
Photo of the Ireland Pavilion: