Bellmullet Wave Energy Test Site

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. The site was chosen following a detailed assessment of relevant sites on the west coast of Ireland. The site at Belmullet was chosen due to its:

  • Wave power
  • Sea bed conditions
  • Access to the national gird
  • Proximity to working ports (Killybegs and Belfast)

Belmullet Wave energy test site map

 

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.

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

It is anticipated that a maximum power of 10MW will be generated at the site. This is the equivalent of providing power to 10,000 homes. 

SEAI is currently seeking a foreshore lease for the site. All documentation in support of this lease application can be viewed here

SEAI will also be progressing onshore development at the site in 2016. This development will include construction of a substation at a site close to Belderra strand. The substation will connect underwater cables to the national grid. SEAI plan to submit a planning application for the substation in 2016. Further details will follow. 

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).

Wave Monitoring at AMETS
Wave and weather data is collected continually at the site. All data can be viewed here.
 
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