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.

The site has provided test and validation facilities for a number of devices to date. Extensive historical wave and weather data is available for the site. This data has been gathered and collated since 2006, and can be made available to potential device developers upon request. 

The test site area is clearly delimited by 4 cardinal marks at each corner of the site to indicate restrictions on vessel traffic within the area. The test site is ideal for developers wishing to undertake low-cost sea trials and validation of devices and components at various technology readiness levels (TRL 5-6).

The subsea observatory is connected to a shore station, the connecting cable provides up to ~8kW of power combined with high-speed data communications. 12 ports have been dedicated to R&D projects with several optical and electrical connectivity options available, specifications can be provided upon request.

A floating 'SeaStation' facility is also planned for the site. The SeaStation will provide additional power to, and dissipate power generated by Ocean Energy Conversion (OEC) devices and/or components of OEC devices in addition to supplying high-speed data transmission for real-time monitoring. It is anticipated that the SeaStation will be deployed in 2016. The SeaStation will also provide a platform at the site for component testing and other R&D related projects.

SmartBay Ireland supports the site on behalf of the Marine Institute (MI) and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

Facilities at the site include:

  • Fully consented test site for ocean energy converters
  • Site located 1.5km offshore with water depths ranging from 20m – 23m
  • A wave regime which scales to approximately ¼  of the conditions  at the Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (AMETS)
  • Access to the subsea observatory for data transmission and power requirements
  • Future access to a floating sea laboratory facility “SeaStation” and high speed data transfer via a subsea power and data cable
  • Comprehensive time-series of weather, wave and current data for the site
  • Proximity to ports and associated facilities
  • A dedicated operational team providing end-to-end marine support
  • ICT team for data acquisition and transmission support 

Specifications of the Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site include:

  • 1/4 Scale Ocean Energy Test Site
  • Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 5-6
  • 20-23m Depth
  • Dimensions: 700m EW x 600m NS
  • 1.5km offshore
  • Fully licensed test site
  • High speed wireless data transmission
  • Available time series and real-time  weather, wave and current data since 2006
  • Access to Floating Sea Laboratory 'SeaStation' will provide additional power to and dissipate power generated by ocean energy devices and/or components of ocean energy devices, as well as high-speed data  communications (Operational late 2015)
  • The Sea-station will also support the test and validation of Ocean Energy component devices
  • Access to an underwater cabled observatory 400v subsea power and 1Gb data cable 
The SmartBay team is composed of operational and technical managers, marine technicians, marine scientists, engineers and software developers, GIS Technicians supported by marketing and business development professionals with extensive industry knowledge and experience.

This combination of skills coupled with extensive local supply chain contacts allows SmartBay Ireland to offer its users a range of end-to-end support services from initial product conception to final validation.

SmartBay Ireland has established an extensive local and National supply chain to compliment in-house expertise, and to provide a range of supports, including:

  • Device certification
  • Marine surveyors
  • Device validation through the MaREI
  • Techno-Economic Assessment
  • Vessel provision
  • Dive support
  • Steel fabrication
  • Welding
  • Port facilities

SmartBay Ireland is responsible for supporting and promoting the Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site on behalf of the Marine Institute (MI) and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

Real-time observations from the Galway Bay Test Site Data Dashboard wave buoy include

  • Wave Height
  • Wave Period
  • Wind Forecast

The Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site ‘Data Dashboard’ is a set of business graphs and tools that displays in real-time performance indicators related to the wave climate.

Real-time Observations recorded from the Wave Buoy located in Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site includes:

  • Significant Wave Height (m)
  • Average Wave Period (s)
  • Mean Wave Direction (degree True)
  • Maximum Wave Height (in measured period)
  • Maximum Time between set of waves (in measured period)
  • Maximum Wave Height (1/3 Waves)


SmartBay Ireland Ltd,

Parkmore Business Park West,

Parkmore,

Galway,

Ireland.

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

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 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

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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.