Ocean Energy Ireland News

  • €3m available to Irish ocean energy companies as part of EU COFUND project

    Funding available through new €17m OCEANERA-NET COFUND project
    Ireland collaborates with five European countries to advance the ocean energy sector

    A new €17 million fund has been launched in support of the ocean renewable energy sector. The fund, which is part of the OCEANERA-NET COFUND project, brings together a consortium of seven governments and agencies from across Europe who are committed to advancing research and development in the ocean energy sector.

  • New application for databases launched on the Ocean Energy Portal

    The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and the Marine Institute (MI) launched two new databases in 2016: The Inventory for Environmental Planning and the new Ocean Energy Supply Chain database. Both databases were developed under the Ocean Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP) which was published in 2014. These databases have now been launched in a new application which aims to simplify the user experience so data can be identified and downloaded in the easiest manner possible.

  • SmartBay Ireland successfully passes surveillance audit ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2008

    SmartBay Ireland has successfully continued its accreditation under ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2008.  A surveillance audit took place over the 9th and 10th of November and was carried out by SGS, a global provider of verification, testing and certification support. SmartBay Ireland’s processes and commitment to continuous improvement were recognised as meeting all standard requirements during the surveillance audit.

  • MaREI to host two new OceanEd seminars

    As a direct result of stakeholder consultation carried out during 2015, MaREI is pleased to inform you of two upcoming oceanEd seminar events during Autumn 2016, which are intended to provide training to members of the marine and renewable energy industries. These comprise:

  • Newly updated and expanded Marine Energy Supply Chain Database

    The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and the Marine Institute (MI) have launched a new supply chain database for Ireland’s marine energy industry under the Ocean Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP). The database has expanded upon previously existing information from the SEAI website to include a wider variety of businesses and organisations available throughout the country in a larger supply chain for the emerging marine renewable energy industry. The aim of the database is to encourage Irish and international collaboration, promote indigenous enterprise, and communicate the message that “Ireland is Open for Business”. Work will be ongoing to continually update and improve the supply chain database.

  • Public Consultation on Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site Lease application

    A public consultation is underway on the Marine Institute’s application for a foreshore lease to upgrade the Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site.  The Marine Institute has applied to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government for a foreshore lease for the Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test site where prototype marine renewable energy technology can be tested at reduced scale to determine viability in an ocean environment.

  • Data and information for planning and permitting of offshore renewable energy developments in Irish waters

    As part of the implementation of the Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan, the Environmental Working Group was set up to ensure the sustainable development of Ireland’s offshore renewable energy resource.  The group is establishing the requirements for environmental data collection and the monitoring of potential environmental impacts arising from the development of offshore renewable energy installations.

  • RTE’s Seascapes cover Tony Lewis Symposium

    Global leaders in the field of marine renewable energy convened in Cork on the 29th February to attend a 2-day symposium in honour of the ‘father of ocean energy’, Professor Tony Lewis. The Lewis Symposium, hosted by the MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, was held in recognition of the significant contributions made by Professor Tony Lewis to the field of Ocean Energy. RTE’s maritime radio programme “Seascapes” covered the event in two episodes. Please see links below to listen:

  • International Conference on Ocean Energy 2016

    Ireland was well represented at last week’s 6th International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE), which took place in Edinburgh from 23rd-25th February.  There were over 20 Irish companies and 30 delegates represented on the ‘Ireland Open for Business’ stand. The event, which  brings together interested parties from the global ocean energy industry every two years, attracted over 900 delegates, 70 exhibitors, 100 international speakers, and a variety of investors, developers, and government agents from all over the world.

  • Launch of Ireland’s Marine Renewable Energy Atlas

    Ireland’s Marine Renewable Energy Atlas is an on-line mapping service for the marine renewable energy community.  Researchers, developers and anyone with an interest in the future prospects for Ireland’s offshore renewable energy can freely view and download relevant marine spatial data.  The Marine Energy Atlas is a one-stop-shop for spatial information about the marine environment. It is a planning tool for resource assessment, identification of sites for development or understanding environmental and oceanographic interactions.   

  • Ocean Energy Ireland gets a boost from Apple Inc.

    Today the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) announced a Memorandum of Understanding with Apple to promote the development of ocean energy in Ireland. Apple has committed a €1 million fund that will help developers who receive an SEAI grant to test their ocean energy prototypes in the Galway Bay Ocean Energy Test Site.

  • Updates to the Ocean Energy Portal

    The Ocean Energy Portal (“the Portal”) developed by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and the Marine Institute, is a “first stop shop” enabling developers to engage with Ireland’s ocean energy support sectors aswell as providing the most relevant and up to date industry information. It brings together information from 26 different agencies involved in supporting and developing the sector.

  • Galway Bay Ocean Observatory Completed

    SEAI, the Marine Institute and Commissioners of Irish Lights deliver Ireland’s latest marine research environment

    Monday 10th August 2015: A significant piece of ocean research infrastructure was brought to fruition with the completion of the Galway Bay underwater ocean observatory over the weekend.  Through the combined effort of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), the Marine Institute and Commissioners of Irish Lights, the final piece of equipment has been deployed to give researchers and ocean energy developers unique insight into the Galway bay marine environment. 

  • Video of Cable Installation in Galway Bay Now Available

    The Marine Institute recently commissioned a video showing the installation of the subsea power and data cable at the Ocean Energy Testbed in Galway Bay.  It features interviews with representatives from the partnering institutions, including The Marine Institute and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) SmartBay Ltd, MarEI (UCC) and Dublin City University. The cable provides critical infrastructure to support the trial and validation of novel sensors and prototype wave energy equipment within a real-world marine environment. The installation is taking place in several phases and the observatory is expected to be fully operational by September 2015.  

  • An Taoiseach Officially Opens UCC Beaufort Building

    SFI MaREI Centre & LIR to be housed at €15 Million Beaufort Building in Ireland’s maritime quarter

    An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. officially opened the UCC Beaufort Building in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork on Saturday 11th of July. Beaufort will house both the LIR National Ocean Test Facility (NOTF) and 135 researchers from the MaREI centre (www.marei.ie). The 4,700m2 five storey building with state-of-the-art wave simulators, test tanks, workshops and offices provides Ireland with world-class infrastructure for renewable energy and maritime research to power the ‘blue economy’.

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