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Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site

Ireland’s ¼ scale ocean energy test site is located within the Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site and is situated 1.5km offshore in water depths ranging from 20m – 23m. The lease for the site has been held by the Marine Institute since 2006.

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Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (Full Scale)

The Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (AMETS) is being developed by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to facilitate testing of full scale wave energy converters in an open ocean environment.

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Galway Bay Sub Sea Cable Observatory

The Marine Institute is collaborating with SEAI, MaREI (UCC) and SmartBay Ireland to develop a national test and demonstration facility for marine energy and technology at the ¼-scale ocean energy test site, in north Galway Bay, near Spiddal.

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Queens University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast (QUB) has a range of test facilities including a Belfast Wave Tank, Portaferry Wide Wave Basin, Wave Demonstration Site and Tidal Demonstration Site.

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    Lir Nation Ocean Test Facility

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    Galway Bay MRE Test Site

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    AMETS Test Site

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    Galway Sub Sea Cable Obsevatory

  • Dublin Test Site Image

    Digital Diamond Test Site

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    Queens University Belfast

National Ocean Test Facility Wave Basin MARINA device

National Ocean Test Facility Wave Basin MARINA device  image

National Ocean Test Facility Wave Basin MARINA device  undergoing testing.

National Ocean Test Facility Wave Basin wave motion

National Ocean Test Facility Wave Basin wave motion image

Wave motion occurring in National Ocean Test Facility tank.

Overview of National Ocean Test Facility Wave Tank

Overview of National Ocean Test Facility Wave Tank image

Overview of National Ocean Test Facility Wave Tank

National Ocean Test Facility Wave Basin tank facilities

National Ocean Test Facility Wave Basin tank facilities image

National Ocean Test Facility Wave Basin tank facilities

National Ocean Test Facility Wave Flume

National Ocean Test Facility Wave Flume image

National Ocean Test Facility Wave Flume

SEAI Ocean Energy wave device testing in National Ocean Test Facility wave basin

SEAI Ocean Energy wave device testing in National Ocean Test Facility wave basin image

SEAI Ocean Energy wave device testing in National Ocean Test Facility wave basin.

Ocean energy device in National Ocean Test Facility wave basin under MARINET project

Ocean energy device in National Ocean Test Facility wave basin under MARINET project image

Ocean energy device in National Ocean Test Facility wave basin.

Waveberg ocean energy device testing in National Ocean Test Facility wave basin

Waveberg ocean energy device testing in National Ocean Test Facility wave basin image

Waveberg ocean energy device testing in National Ocean Test Facility wave basin.

WAVETRAIN device testing in National Ocean Test Facility wave basin

WAVETRAIN device testing in National Ocean Test Facility wave basin image

WAVETRAIN device testing in National Ocean Test Facility wave basin.

Wave Energy Convertor device testing in National Ocean Test Facility Wave Basin

Wave Energy Convertor device testing in National Ocean Test Facility Wave Basin image

Wave Energy Convertor device testing in National Ocean Test Facility Wave Basin.

Conn Rotational Test Rig

Conn Rotational Test Rig image

 HMRC Conn Rotational Test Rig

HMI Prime Mover Configuration Screen

HMI Prime Mover Configuration Screen image

 HMI Prime Mover Configuration Screen

HMI Prime Mover Configuration Screen

HMI Prime Mover Configuration Screen image

 HMI Prime Mover Configuration Screen

Lir Test Facility

Lir Test Facility image

Lir Test Facility

MaREI 2

MaREI 2 image

MaREI 2

SmartBay Data Buoy Deployment Galway Bay Ocean Energy Test Site

SmartBay Data Buoy Deployment Galway Bay Ocean Energy Test Site image

SmartBay Data Buoy deployment Galway Bay Ocean Energy Test Site. Deployment of Technology From Ideas Dynamic Mooring Tethers.

SmartBay Data Buoy Galway Bay Ocean Energy Test Site

SmartBay Data Buoy Galway Bay Ocean Energy Test Site image

SmartBay Data Buoy Galway Bay Ocean Energy Test Site. SmartBay Ireland Test and Validation of Technology From Ideas Dynamic Mooring Tethers.

SmartBay Data Buoy Technology From Ideas Dynamic Moorings Tethers Project

SmartBay Data Buoy Technology From Ideas Dynamic Moorings Tethers Project image

SmartBay Data Buoy Technology From Ideas Dynamic Moorings Tethers Project. SmartBay Data Buoy equipped with Technology From Ideas Dynamic Moorings Tethers Leaving Galway Harbour.

Wavebob Ocean Energy Device

Wavebob Ocean Energy Device image

Wavebob Ocean Energy Device deployment at Galway Bay ¼ Scale Ocean Energy Test Site.

Ocean Energy Device Galway Bay OE Test Site

Ocean Energy Device Galway Bay OE Test Site  image

 Ocean Energy Device Galway Bay OE Test Site

Ocean Energy Device Galway Bay OE Test Site

Ocean Energy Device Galway Bay OE Test Site  image

 Ocean Energy Device Galway Bay OE Test Site

Galway Bay Test Site

Galway Bay Test Site image

Galway Bay Test Site

Galway Bay Marine Test and Demonstration Facilities

Galway Bay Marine Test and Demonstration Facilities image

Galway Bay Marine Test and Demonstration Facilities and Resources schematic.

Galway Bay Test Site Schematic

Galway Bay Test Site Schematic image

Galway Bay Test Site Schematic.

Galway Bay Bathymetry Chart

Galway Bay Bathymetry Chart image

Chart of bathymetry (e.g. seafloor elevation) in Galway Bay.

Galway Bay Backscatter Chart

Galway Bay Backscatter Chart image

Chart of backscatter (e.g. seafloor hardness) in Galway Bay.    

Galway Bay Shaded Relief

Galway Bay Shaded Relief image

Chart of shaded relief from INFOMAR mapping programme in Galway Bay.    

Galway Bay Acoustic Seabed Classification

Galway Bay Acoustic Seabed Classification image

Galway Bay acoustic backscatter seabed classification.

Galway Bay 1/4 Scale Ocean Energy Foreshore Licence Map

Galway Bay 1/4 Scale Ocean Energy Foreshore Licence Map image

Galway Bay 1/4 scale cable project location map produced by Marine Institute Advanced Mapping Services.

Overview of all surveys undertaken on the Galway Bay Ocean Energy Test Site

Overview of all surveys undertaken on the Galway Bay Ocean Energy Test Site image

INFOMAR seabed surveys completed on the Galway Bay Ocean Energy test site.

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Graphic Design

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Graphic Design image

Graphic outlining Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site test areas, cables and substation linkages.    

Wave Energy Convertor Layout Option 1

Wave Energy Convertor Layout Option 1 image

Belmullet Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Wave Energy Convertor connected to onshore substation with individual cables option 1.

Wave Energy Convertor Layout Option 2

Wave Energy Convertor Layout Option 2 image

Wave Energy Convertors connected to subsea connections units with two cables to onshore substation.    

Wave Energy Convertor Layout Option 3

Wave Energy Convertor Layout Option 3 image

Wave Energy Convertors connected to subsea connection units with single cable to onshore substation option 3.    

INFOMAR Programme Belmullet Backscatter with Contours Overview Chart

INFOMAR Programme Belmullet Backscatter with Contours Overview Chart image

INFOMAR programme backsatter (seabed hardness) collected from the Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site seabed survey operation.        

INFOMAR Programme Belmullet Bathymetric with Contours Overview Chart

INFOMAR Programme Belmullet Bathymetric with Contours Overview Chart image

INFOMAR programme multi-beam bathymetric (elevation) data for Belmullet Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site seabed survey.

AMETS map

AMETS map image

AMETS map.

INFOMAR Programme Sebed Classification with sediment and rock outcrop overview chart

INFOMAR Programme Sebed Classification with sediment and rock outcrop overview chart image

INFOMAR programme seabed survey seabed classification derived from sample data and multi-beam/backscatter data collection activities.

Overview of Surveys on Potential Wave Energy Test Site West of Mullet Peninsula Co. Mayo

Overview of Surveys on Potential Wave Energy Test Site West of Mullet Peninsula Co. Mayo image

Overview of INFOMAR surveys completed on the Atlantic Marine Energy Test site near Annagh Head.

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site illustration

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site illustration image

Illustration of AMETS Test area a and Test area b with subsea cables, cable landing location at Belderra Strand, substation and link to grid network.

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Wavescan buoy

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Wavescan buoy image

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Wavescan buoy deployment in marine environment.

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Oceanor wavescan in water

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Oceanor wavescan in water image

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Oceanor wavescan in water.      

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Wavescan buoy pre-deployment

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Wavescan buoy pre-deployment image

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Wavescan buoy on board Celtic Explorer pre-deployment.    

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Wavescan buoy pre-deployment Celtic Explorer

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Wavescan buoy pre-deployment Celtic Explorer image

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Wavescan buoy pre-deployment on Celtic Explorer.    

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site waverider buoy deployment

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site waverider buoy deployment image

Buoy deployment at the Atlantic Marine Energy Test site.    

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site buoys

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site buoys image

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site waverider and special marker buoys in water.

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Waverider and Special Marker buoys

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Waverider and Special Marker buoys image

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Waverider and Special Marker buoys.

Eagle island

Eagle island image

View of Eagle island near Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site.    

Fenchport slipway

Fenchport slipway image

Frenchport slipway coastal infrastructure near Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site.    

Frenchport pier

Frenchport pier image

Frenchport pier and slipway near Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site.

Galway Bay Deployment Map

Galway Bay Deployment Map image

 Galway Bay Deployment Map

SmartBay Cabled Observatory Schematic

SmartBay Cabled Observatory Schematic image

SmartBay Cabled Observatory Schematic

Dublin Bay Digital Diamond Geographic Extent

Dublin Bay Digital Diamond Geographic Extent image

Dublin Bay Digital Diamond Geographic Extent    

Dublin Bay Digital Diamond Interactive Map

Dublin Bay Digital Diamond Interactive Map image

Dublin Bay Digital Diamond interactive map.

Baily Lighthouse Dublin Bay

Baily Lighthouse Dublin Bay image

Commissioners of Irish Lights Baily Lighthouse on Howth Head Dublin Bay.

Dublin Bay Digital Diamond technology buoy

Dublin Bay Digital Diamond technology buoy image

Dublin Bay Digital Diamond technology buoy.

Dublin Bay Digital Diamond buoy

Dublin Bay Digital Diamond buoy image

Dublin Bay Digital Diamond buoy in-situ.

Dublin Bay Digital Diamond Buoy

Dublin  Bay Digital Diamond Buoy image

Dublin  Bay Digital Diamond Buoy located in Dublin Bay.

Dublin Bay Digital Diamond marine buoy

Dublin Bay Digital Diamond marine buoy image

Dublin Bay Digital Diamond marine buoy

Commissioners of Irish Lights HQ

Commissioners of Irish Lights HQ image

The headquarters of the Commissioners of Irish Lights in Dún Laoghaire Co. Dublin.

Kish Bank Lighthouse Dublin Bay

Kish Bank Lighthouse Dublin Bay image

Commissioners of Irish Lights Kish Bank lighthouse near Dublin Bay.

Dublin Bay Digital Diamond Region

Dublin Bay Digital Diamond Region image

Dublin Bay Digital Diamond Region.

Dublin Bay Backhaul Connectivity

Dublin Bay Backhaul Connectivity image

Dublin Bay Wifi-Trial Backhaul Connectivity.

Queens University Belfast Large Wave Tank

Queens University Belfast Large Wave Tank image

Queens University Belfast large wave tank test facility. Tank specifications include:

  • Length of tank (m) 22         
  • Temperature control No
  • Width of tank (m) 4.75             
  • Lifting capacity (Tonnes) 2.7
  • Depth of tank (m) 1
  • Maximum tidal flow (m/s)
  • Fluid type Water
  • Maximum wave height (m) 0.5
  • Minimum wave period (s) 0.7

Portaferry Wide Wave Basin

Portaferry Wide Wave Basin image

Tank Specifications:

  • Length of tank (m) 18
  • Temperature control No
  • Width of tank (m) 16
  • Lifting capacity (Tonnes) 1
  • Depth of tank (m) 0.65
  • Maximum tidal flow (m/s) 0.5
  • Fluid type Fresh water
  • Maximum wave height (m) 0.125
  • Tidal and Wave
  • Minimum wave period (s) 0.75

Queens University Belfast Strangford Lough Tidal Test Site

Queens University Belfast Strangford Lough Tidal Test Site image

Queens University Belfast Tidal Test Site in Strangford Lough near Portaferry Co. Down Northern Ireland.