Irish company, Sea Power, is preparing to test its prototype 16.8m x 4.5m wave energy device at the Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test site, following successful small-scale trials.
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and the Marine Institute are collaborating to develop Ireland’s ocean energy testing infrastructure at the Lir National Ocean Test Facility in Cork; the quarter-scale test site in Galway Bay and the Atlantic Marine Energy full-scale test sight off the Mayo coast.
CEO Jim Gannon said it was encouraging to see Irish technologies progress to this stage where ocean energy was creating “huge potential” in job creation and energy security in this emerging sector for Ireland.
“With some of the most energy rich ocean resources in the world, located off our west coast, Ireland has the potential to become a market leader in this sector. Developing our sustainable energy resources allows us move away from our reliance on imported fossil fuels which cost our economy billions of euro a year.”
Peter Heffernan, Marine Institute CEO, remarked that Sea Power Ltd was a “great example” of an indigenous Irish company developing novel technology to harness the power of the ocean.
“Having brought their device through various small-scale prototypes, it is exciting to see this new technology being prepared for testing in the sea at quarter scale. We look forward to working with our partners SEAI and Seapower to make a significant contribution in the evolution of ocean energy as an environmentally friendly and cost effective source of power for Ireland.”
Mooring installation is expected to commence this week followed by deployment, weather permitting. The device is expected to undergo performance testing until March 2017.