The Marine Institute will host a third public information meeting on the Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site, Thursday 21 July at 7:30pm in the Connemara Coast Hotel, Furbo, Galway.
The meeting is part of the public consultation to ensure full information is provided on the Marine Institute’s foreshore lease application to upgrade test and demonstration facilities at the Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site.
The Marine Institute and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland will provide information on the background to the lease application and the scope of the proposed upgrade and address questions raised by the public ahead of the new deadline for submissions, which is Tuesday 2 August 2016. The meeting follows two previous information meetings.
The Marine Institute applied to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government for a foreshore lease for the Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test site where prototype marine renewable energy technologies and other novel technologies can be tested at reduced scale to determine viability in an ocean environment.
A bilingual information sheet has been circulated.
A copy of the application, and the relevant maps, plans, reports and drawings are available to download from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government's website.
Copies of these documents are also available for viewing at the following locations until close of business 02 August 2016.
- Salthill Garda Station, Salthill,
- An Spidéal Public Library, An Spidéal, Co. na Gallaimhe and
- Comhlacht Forbartha An Spidéal Teo, An Spidéal, Galway
The Galway Bay Marine Renewable Energy Test Site has been in operation since 2006 when it was established by the Marine Institute and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. The purpose of the site is to allow technology innovators to test the viability of small scale prototypes in an ocean environment.
The current lease application outlines plans to upgrade the existing infrastructure and facilitate the deployment of a wider range of marine renewable energy devices and novel sensor technologies at the Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test site.
Anyone who wishes to make a submission on the lease applications should do so in writing, giving reasons, no later than 5pm 02 August (quoting ref: FS 006566), to the Foreshore Unit, Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Newtown Road, Wexford or foreshore [at] environ [dot] ie.