Ocean Energy Test Sites in Ireland
Ireland is actively committed to harnessing its abundant wave, tidal and offshore wind energy resources and is dedicated to developing an indigenous ocean energy industry in the process. A key attribute in the ongoing effort to realise these goals is the continued improvement and expansion of several outstanding test and demonstration facilities covering all Technology Readiness Level's (TRL's). These facilities include:
- LiR National Ocean Test Facility in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork
- Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site located within the confines of Galway Bay
- Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (AMETS) off the coast of Belmullet, Co. Mayo
|Lir National Ocean Test Facility (TRL 1-4) CORK||Galway Bay Sub Sea Cable Observatory (TRL 4-6)|
|Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (Full Scale) (TRL 7-9)|
Lir consists of state of the art wave tanks and electrical rigs that allow for scaled testing in a controlled environment.
Find out more about the Lir National Ocean Test Facility on the Ocean Energy Portal here
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.
Find out more about the Galway Bay Sub Sea Cable Observatory on the Ocean Energy Portal here
The Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (AMETS) is being developed by the 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.
SEAI is responsible for the development and management of AMETS. Further information on AMETS can be found here
Find out more about testing facilities in Ireland by logging on to Irelands Ocean Energy Portal