Why Wave Energy - Market Driver Analysis for Investors and Policy Makers

Abstract:

This paper discusses why an investor would consider wave energy as an investment option.

Publication Date: 2005

Organisation: HMRC

Author: HMRC

Ocean Energy Initial Development Zones White Paper

Abstract:

The opportunity to derive energy from the Ocean is significant in Ireland, both from Wave and from Tidal sources. The potential is such that Ocean Energy represents a critical opportunity to create substantial wealth and employment on this island over the next twenty years and beyond. Key to this transformation of the island of Ireland into ‘Europe’s Battery’ is the achievement of the target set in the Republic by Government to have 500MW of Wave and Tidal capacity in operation by 2021.

The Marine Renewables Industry Association- which represents Ireland’s Marine Renewables industry in the Ocean Energy fields of Wave and Tidal- recognises that achieving the 500MW target over the next ten years will require a major coordinated effort across all Government Departments and Agencies and a focus on a small number of sea areas for developments towards 2020. The Association proposes in this Paper that four Initial Development Zones (IDZs) for Ocean Energy be prioritised by Government and that efforts to achieve the 2020 target be focused in these zones. The Paper demonstrates that this proposal is consistent with broad Government economic development policy as well as policies in Energy, Spatial Planning and Regional Planning. 

This White Paper hails the progress made in Ocean Energy in Ireland to date, highlights the challenges which must be overcome and proposes measures to expedite further development. Specifically, this Paper identifies the priority Initial Development Zones, sets out the assumptions underlying them and indicates the next steps to be taken- urgent action, notably in Consenting where a Round to provide for initial exploration and exploitation of the IDZ’s is critical, is sought.

Publication Date: 2010

Organisation: MRIA

Author: MRIA

Appendix to Accessible Wave Energy Resource Atlas: Ireland 2005

Abstract:

Appendix to the Accessible Wave Energy Resource Atlas.

Publication Date: 2005

Organisation: Marine Institute

Author: ESB Interational

Wind Energy Road Map 2011-2050

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Development of renewable energy, including both offshore and onshore wind, is central to Irish energy policy.

Publication Date: 2011

Organisation: Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland

Author: Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland

Third Level Education Needs of the Ocean Energy Industry

Abstract:

The island of Ireland faces an economically transformative opportunity in ocean energy generated from waves and tides. The independent SQW report forecasts substantial income and job potential, particularly in the 2020’s when ocean energy technology is likely to reach maturity and to be deployed on a commercial scale. The opportunity will be realised on two planes- enterprise (e.g. development of the supply chain in Ireland to support the industry not only here but elsewhere in Europe) and export (e.g. through interconnectors to the UK and elsewhere).

A key factor in determining Ireland’s success in this challenging industry will be the quality and availability of appropriately skilled graduates from the Universities and the Institutes of Technology and other bodies, notably in engineering. This Paper presents the findings of a review of this issue by the Marine Renewables Industry Association with expert bodies and with those involved in the emerging ocean energy industry. The principal findings were:

  • There is substantial capacity in engineering education on the island
  • The supply of engineers is reasonable at present although shortages are discerned in the key field of electrical engineering and there is concern about the overall numbers entering the profession
  • The opportunities in ocean energy will be modest to 2015 at least but could be very significant in the 2020s
  • Ocean energy will principally require engineers with a robust, core degree in the traditional disciplines of civil, electrical and mechanical engineering.
  • Little value is attached by the ocean energy industry to the various ‘energy engineering’ qualifications increasingly on offer 
  • Providing real experience of working in the tough offshore environment to engineers is a big challenge for ocean energy
  • The industry- and other experts- would like to see a Masters degree programme in ocean energy engineering which draws off the expertise in specific fields of individual colleges and which is designed in conjunction with the industry to the highest international standards
  • The MRIA will work with appropriate bodies to address the issues identified by this Paper.

Publication Date: 2011

Organisation: MRIA

Author: MRIA

Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan

Abstract:

A framework for the Sustainable Development of Ireland’s Offshore Renewable Energy Resource.

Publication Date: 2014

Organisation: Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

Author: Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

Wave Energy Policy Ireland and Denmark study

Abstract:

This paper uses Ireland as a case study due to the size of its resource (up to 21 TWh1 per annum accessible resource according to ESBI (2005) and the extent of ambition behind the stated Government intent to ‘make Ireland a world leader for research, development and deployment of ocean energy technologies (DCENR (formerly DCMNR) 2007).    

Publication Date: 2007

Organisation: Hydraulic and Maritime Research Centre

Author: Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

MRIA Requirements for Oceanographic Measurements, Data Processing and Modelling

Abstract:

The Marine Institute and INFOMAR (the joint venture between the Marine Institute and the Geological Survey of Ireland which succeeded the Irish National Seabed Survey) have in the past and continue today to perform an excellent job at providing the marine industry with data and measurements. This document is intended to interpret Marine Renewables Industry Requirements and then to decide best how these can be delivered. This may be done by one of the agencies such as the Marine Institute and INFOMAR or a new/existing commercial entity. 

Publication Date: 2009

Organisation: MRIA

Author: MRIA

Cost Benefit Analysis of Government Support Options for Offshore Wind Energy

Abstract:

A comparative analysis of the costs and benefits to the State of implementing three support options for Offshore Wind Energy (OWE) in Irish waters.

Publication Date: 2002

Organisation: Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland

Author: Byrne Ó Cléirigh

Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan Natura Impact Statement

Abstract:

Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan Natura Impact Statement.

Publication Date: 2011

Organisation: Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

Author: AECOM

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