SEAI supports the sustainable development of Ireland's ocean energy potential through a number of activities.

National funding and policy

National Energy RD&D Funding Programme

The SEAI National Energy Research Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Funding Programme invests in innovative energy RD&D projects which contribute to Ireland's transition to a clean and secure energy future.

Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP) II

The Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP) was first published in 2014 and is available here.

The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communication (DECC) is currently updating the plan (OREDP II) – more information is available here. The purpose of the OREDP II plan is to develop an understanding of the overall resource potential within Ireland’s waters and to provide an evidence base for the identification of areas most suitable for the sustainable development of wind, wave, and tidal technologies (candidate areas for offshore renewable energy development) in Ireland’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

SEAI is assisting the DECC by coordinating a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA),  which is the formal, systematic evaluation of the likely significant environmental effects of implementing a plan, before a decision is made to adopt the plan. The SEA will inform the revised OREDP II.

The SEA Scoping report is available for consultation until the 27th May 2022. Any comments on the report can be sent to ocean.energy@seai.ie.

Ocean Energy Ireland Portal

For other links to research and enterprise opportunities in Ireland, and links to open access data collected for the offshore renewable sector, please visit the ocean energy portal here - www.oceanenergyireland.com

International collaboration

OCEANERA-NET COFUND

The Ocean Energy ERA-NET Cofund is an initiative of eight national and regional government agencies from six European countries. Our key objectives are to:

  • Maintain and grow Europe’s world leading position in ocean energy
  • Help bring innovative low carbon energy solutions closer to commercial deployment
  • Drive down the levelised cost of energy (LCoE)
  • Create growth and jobs
  • Reduce the environmental impact of the energy system

Ocean Power Innovation Network

The Open Power Innovation Network (OPIN) is a cross-sectoral collaborative network that aims to accelerate the growth of the ocean energy sector and its supply chains across the partner regions of Ireland, the UK, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Germany.

The basic premise of OPIN is to encourage both cross-sectoral and cross-regional collaboration for Offshore Renewable Energy SMEs. OPIN is committed to collaboration, learning, innovation and personal interaction in ocean energy technology development.

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OceanSET

The OceanSET project is a three-year H2020 funded project, which focuses on delivering the actions of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan or ‘SET Plan’ for Ocean Energy. The European Commission established SET Plan in order to improve new technologies and bring down costs through coordinated national research efforts; promote cooperation among EU countries, companies and research institutions, and in so doing also deliver on the key objectives of the energy union. SEAI are the lead partner on the OceanSET project.

OceanSET focuses on assessing the progress of the Ocean Energy sector and monitors national and EU funded projects. Relevant data is collected annually over three years and used to inform Member States and the EC on the progress of the sector. More information on OceanSET, including the reports from the first two years of the project can be found at www.oceanset.eu