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.

AMETS will be located off Annagh Head, west of Belmullet in County Mayo and will be connected to the national grid.

The test site is an integral component of Ireland’s Ocean Energy Strategy and is being developed in accordance with the national Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan  (OREDP).

The site will be focused on wave energy and will provide two separate test locations at various depths of water to allow for a range of devices to be tested.

It is envisaged that the test site will provide a grid connected national test facility, to which full scale wave energy converters could be coupled during their final stages of pre-commercial development.  

The test site will comprise of both onshore and offshore components.

Currently offshore there will be two test areas:

  • Test Area A will be at 100m water depth and will be  located some 16km out from Belderra Strand; Test Area A will be 6.9 km2 (2.02 nautical square miles).
  • Test Area B will be at 50m water depth and will be located 6km from the strand. Test Area B will be 1.5 km2 (0.44 nautical square miles).

The onshore element comprises a small substation which will be constructed close to the landing point of the offshore cables on Belderra Strand.

The substation site will be 2 acres.

Build of the substation is planned for 2016.  

The test sites will be accessible via Frenchport Pier.

The proposed test site in Belmullet will focus on wave powered technologies. The test site is not yet in operation for developers but SEAI can offer interested developers a  suite of detailed information such as live met-ocean data measurements, numerical wave modelling reports including wave propagation and wave energy assessments, offshore site investigations including vibrocores and multi-beam surveys.

Real-time observations from the Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Data Dashboard wave buoys known as Belmullet Inner (Berth B) and Belmullet Outer (Berth A) include:

  • Wave Height
  • Wave Period

The Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site data dashboard is a set of graphs and tools that display real-time performance indicators related to the wave climate at the Belmullet Inner (Berth B) and Belmullet Outer (Berth A) sites. Historical data is also available.  

Observations gathered from the wave measurement buoys include:

  • Significant Wave Height (metre)
  • Average Wave Period (secs)
  • Mean Wave Direction (degree)
  • Maximum Wave Height (in measured period)
  • Wave Spectra

 

Patricia Comiskey  

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland,

Wilton Park House,

Wilton Place,

Dublin 2,

Ireland.


Tel: +353-1-8082161

Email: Patricia.Comiskey@seai.ie

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.