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Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site Environmental Impact Statement

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Full details on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) completed for the Belmullet AMETS foreshore licence application.  EIS is divided into appropriate chapters 1-20 with Appendices 1-12 outlining the various environmental surveys undertaken for the project.

Publication Date: 2011

Organisation: Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland

Author: Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland

Non Technical Barriers to Wave Energy

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This paper outlined the non-technical barriers to wave energy development, comparing progress in Ireland and Continental Europe.

Publication Date: 2012

Organisation: HMRC

Author: HMRC

A Hydrodynamic Modelling Framework for Strangford Lough Part 1: Tidal Model

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Hydrodynamic models are a powerful tool that can be used by a wide range of end users to assist in predicting the effects of both physical and biological processes on local environmental conditions. This paper describes the development of a tidal model for Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland, a body of water renowned for the location of the first grid-connected tidal turbine, SeaGen, as well as the UK’s third Marine Nature Reserve. Using MIKE 21 modelling software, the development, calibration and performance of the model are described in detail. Strangford Lough has a complex flow pattern with high flows through the Narrows (~3.5 m/s) linking the main body of the Lough to the Irish Sea and intricate flow patterns around the numerous islands. With the aid of good quality tidal and current data obtained throughout the Lough during the model development, the surface elevation and current magnitude between the observed and numerical model were almost identical with model skill >0.98 and >0.84 respectively. The applicability of the model is such that it can be used as an important tool for the prediction of important ecological processes as well as engineering applications within Strangford Lough. 

Publication Date: 2014

Organisation: Queens University Belfast

Author: Dr Bjoern Elsaesser

Irelands National Marine Test and Demonstation Facility

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Irelands National Marine Test and Demonstation Facility Pg 13-14

Publication Date: 2014

Organisation: Green Energy Publishing

Author: SmartBay Ireland

Strangford Lough and the SeaGen Tidal Turbine

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The background to and outcomes of the Environmental Monitoring Programme (EMP) required by statutory regulators for the deployment of the SeaGen tidal turbine in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland, an area with many conservation designations, are described. The EMP, which was set within the context of an adaptive management approach, considered possible effects of the device on local populations of seals and harbour porpoises, representative seabirds and benthic communities. The studies on seals were carried out on both local and regional scales. The ecological studies were complemented by detailed field and hydrodynamic modelling investigations together with a programme of mitigation measures designed to reduce collisions between seals and turbine rotors. In general only minor statistically significant changes in abundance, distribution and animal behaviour patterns were recorded, principally associated with small distributional shifts close to the turbine structure and with the likelihood that these changes were ecologically of little significance. The seal–rotor collision mitigation studies provided a base for the establishment of acceptable collision risk strategies. The EMP highlighted observational, methodological and statistical challenges in assessing the environmental consequences of marine energy devices. A brief review of related studies in Strangford Lough is included.

Publication Date: 2014

Organisation: Queens University Belfast

Author: Dr Bjoern Elsaesser

Non-technical barriers to wave energy in Europe

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This document describes the non-technical barriers which the wave energy industry will encounter after the prototype research and development phase is complete.

Publication Date: 2009

Organisation: HMRC

Author: HMRC

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