Marine Renewable Energy Services

Since the 1990’s the Marine Institute has played a key role in supporting the development of the Irish Ocean Energy industry.  Ireland possesses one of the richest offshore wind and wave energy climates in the world and, given our proximity to European markets, this provides exceptional development opportunities.  The Institute has a strategic partnership with the Ocean Energy Development Unit in Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland, working closely with it to deliver on an agreed annual programme of activities to support the implementation of the OREDP.

 The Institute’s primary roles in support of the Renewable Ocean Energy sector is to 

  • Provide marine R&D technical services and scientific advice to Government, industry, researchers and other stakeholders; 
  • Provide access to research infrastructure and to marine data; 
  • Catalyse national and international research programmes;  
  • Coordinate and fund marine research activities.

The Marine Institute’s programmes that provide on-going support to the Ocean Energy industry and research community include seabed mapping, provision of marine data, advanced marine technologies, operational and technical support, test facilities and environmental monitoring.   These programmes are of value to developers interested in undertaking early site investigation and monitoring work; research activities, technology development and testing; and practical advice for deployment and operation of WEC prototypes.

Operational and Technical Support

The Marine Institute (MI) provides comprehensive oceanographic services, such as the deployment and operation of oceanographic and weather instrumentation. As part of the National Ocean Energy Programme, the MI has implemented an oceanographic monitoring programme at the national wave energy test sites. We provide practical support to the Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI) on a range of marine renewable energy research activities.

Oceanographic Modelling

The Oceanographic Services Team in the MI provides modelling support to the Ocean Energy Industry. They run and validate the following models and have expertise in running High Resolution Local Models (e.g. Wave, surface currents and sediment transport). The Hydrodynamic and Wave Predictive Models are available on-line.

Research Vessels

The MI operate two purpose built research vessels and a deep-water Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). The 65m long RV Celtic Explorer is a highly sophisticated low-noise multipurpose research vessel designed for undertaking a wide array of offshore and deep-sea survey operations. The RV Celtic Voyager is a 31.4m multi-purpose vessel suited to coastal research and offshore survey operations. The Institute operate a National Vessel Access Programme to facilitate researchers and industry to use the vessels for research activities.

Marine Data

The Marine Institute can provide the Ocean Energy Industry with access to a range of datasets that may be required for marine resource assessment, site selection, foreshore licence applications or EIA. Data includes: 

  • Oceanography:
      • Observations: wave, current, sea level, sea temperature, salinity
      • Predictive model outputs: wave, current wind, wave, temperature, salinity
  • Seabed 
  • Fisheries
  • Marine Environment Monitoring