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SPOTLIGHT ON IRELAND


SEAPOWER TEST PROTOTYPE AT SMARTBAY


Irish SME SeaPower is currently testing its prototype wave energy device at SmartBay. The site at Galway Bay is Ireland’s consented site for testing wave energy converters at quarter scale and has been operating for the last ten years.


SeaPower successfully deployed its quarter- scale device at the test site during Autumn 2016. This deployment followed a rigorous development programme spanning almost 8 years, which involved small scale tests and continuous developments.


THIRD PARTY VERIFICATION


Prior to deployment an independent third party verification of the design, construction and deployment of the device was undertaken by Wood Group Kenny in Galway. The device was manufactured by Foynes Engineering Ltd in Limerick and was towed by sea to the SmartBay test site in Galway Bay. Atlantic Towing Ltd were responsible for successfully installing the moorings and the device at the test site.


The device will be deployed at SmartBay until March 2017, during which time its performance will be validated against a wide range of wave heights and wave periods from a range of directions. The project has been supported with a grant of over €1m through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) Ocean Energy Prototype Development fund.


TEST SITE DETAILS


Speaking on the test site, John Breslin, General Manager SmartBay said: “The SmartBay test site provides developers with the opportunity to undertake their first sea trials in an environment where wave conditions are approximately ¼ of those found in


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further offshore locations off Irelands west coast. This allows developers to keep manufacture and deployment costs to a minimum by building and deploying smaller scale devices. The SmartBay test site facilitates iterative deployments to be undertaken before developers incur the significantly higher costs associated with deploying larger full- scale devices.”


DEVELOPING NOVEL TECHNOLOGY


Peter Heffernan, Marine Institute CEO said: “Sea Power Ltd is 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 are delighted to be 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.”


ACCREDITATION


SmartBay Ireland successfully passed its ISO surveillance audits and has successfully continued its accreditation under ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2008.


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European technologies are the clear global leader in ocean energy. To translate this leadership into a new industrial sector, it is essential that a critical mass of technologies receive enough private investment to take them to the marketplace.


Speaking following the announcement John Breslin, Smartbay General Manager said “The fact that the surveillance audit was passed without incurring any non-conformances demonstrates SmartBay’s continued commitment to the health & safety of our employees, the quality of our work and the impact of our activities on the environment.”


BRINGING OFFSHORE RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES TO MARKET


FORESEA’s Interreg Project is an €11m project which helps to bring offshore renewable energy technologies to market by providing free access to a world-leading network of test centres – EMEC (UK), SEM-REV (France), SmartBay (Ireland) and Stitchting Tidal Testing Centre (Netherlands). The test centres are supported by European industry group Ocean Energy Europe, based in Brussels. Through the project, the performance of ocean renewable energy technologies will be demonstrated and validated in real sea conditions, helping to leverage the investment needed to take these new products to market.


CLEAR GLOBAL LEADERS


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