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SPOTLIGHT ON IRELAND


SMARTBAY IRELAND


SmartBay is Ireland’s national marine Test & Demonstration facility for Ocean Energy devices, and novel sensors & equipment. SmartBay Ireland provides facility’s for industry and university researchers alike which includes a network of sensors, buoys, cables and shore based platforms providing a range of opportunities to trial and showcase new concepts, technologies and solutions in a real world environment.


PLANNING FOR IRELANDS SUBSEA OBSERVATORY


SmartBay Ireland, Marine Institute, Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre (HMRC) and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) have received an award from the SEAI to install a power and data cable from Spiddal pier in Galway Bay, extending to SEAI’s quarter scale ocean energy test site 4.5 kilometres east of the pier.


The cable itself will carry 400volts and high speed data communications via 10 pairs of optical fibres. The cable will be buried from the school to the pier in Spiddal and will then be installed by a cable ship from the pier to the test site.


THE FACILITY


SmartBay Ireland has been in discussions with Mallin Consultants regarding the specifications and construction requirements involved in the purposed sub-sea power and data cable and shore station. SmartBay Ireland will manage the facility on behalf of the Marine Institute.


CORK BUOY DEPLOYMENT SmartBay Ireland worked closely with key stakeholders in Cork under the IMERC cluster on the deployment of a SmartBay Marine Technology Platform. This SmartBay data buoy is equipped with sensors to support operational monitoring of local weather, wave and environmental conditions and to facilitate a number of research projects in Cork Harbour.


John Breslin, General Manager said “The successful deployment of the buoy, integration of sensors and transmission of data is the result of co-operation between SmartBay Ireland and its collaborating partners in the Port of Cork, the Irish Naval Service and the Halpin Centre for Research and Innovation.


“We now look forward to developing and supporting a number of multi-disciplinary research projects and training initiatives with Beaufort Research, University College Cork and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, which will utilise this buoy to collect and disseminate data from multiple sensors deployed on this platform.”


SmartBay Ireland www.smartbay.ie


Ocean Energy Prototype at Spiddal test site at Ocean Energy


Proposed power and data cable route from Spiddal pier to Spiddal test site at Marine Institute


Cork Buoy Deployment ‘Leaving the Naval base at Haulbowline’ at SmartBay


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