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The first low-velocity tidal energy project in the world is of a commercial power plant array installed in Holyhead Deep off north-west Wales. Holyhead Deep is the name of a large depression in the seabed, located west of the the South Stack Lighthouse, Anglesey where the ferryport of Holyhead is owned by Stena Line. They and Minesto are joint owners of the offshore energy project.
#HolyheadDeep -  Two Swedish-based companies have engaged in a joint project to invest in Wales’ transition to renewable energy. Minesto and Stena Line will build an assembly hall in the Port of Holyhead, which Minesto will utilise in their upcoming…
Patrick Gougeon new CEO of OpenHydro
OpenHydro, the Irish based tidal energy company and part of DCNS Energies, has appointed Mr Patrick Gougeon as their new Chief Executive Officer. The appointment signals the company’s ongoing drive towards commercialisation of its tidal technology and follows the launch…
Harland and Wolff said the wind farm structures will be as "prominent in the Belfast skyline" as their famous cranes
#H&Wcontract - A major manufacturing contract to Harland and Wolff has been secured which the company says will support 200 jobs. The BBC News writes that the "multi-million pound contract" is with wind farm developer Scottishpower Renewables. The engineering firm…
The Sea Power device has been in development for eight years and will soon make the short journey from Foynes in Limerick, where it was built, to the Galway Bay test site
Irish company, Sea Power, is preparing to test their prototype wave energy device at the Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site in the coming weeks. Following successful completion of testing at small scale, the company, which received grant…
Locals Express Fears As Deadline Draws Near On Galway Bay Marine Test Site Consultation
#SeaPower - Fears over loss of access to generations-old seaweed harvesting grounds and millennia-old archaeological finds have been expressed by locals in the consultation on the new Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site, which closes next Friday 9…
Heavy lift installation vessel, HLV Svansen undergoing repairs at H&W, Belfast following completion of windfarm turbine work on the Irish Sea
#HeavyLiftVessel - Dutch marine speciliat, Van Oord's heavy lift-vessel, HLV Svanen arrived recently to Belfast Harbour, following installing the final wind turbine foundation at the Burbo Bank Extension wind farm in Liverpool Bay. The 1990 built heavy lift installation vessel is moored…
World's most powerful wind turbine blades continue to arrive to Dong Energy's Offshore Wind Turbine Terminal D1 assembly facility at Belfast Harbour
#MostPowerful - The world’s most powerful wind turbine blades continue to ‘breeze’ into Belfast Harbour, as part of a project to develop the Burbo 2 offshore wind farm on the Irish Sea as previously reported on Afloat. The blades – plus…
Dong Energy facility (on left) with backdrop of H&W's famous Samson & Goliath cranes and oil platforms at the marine engineering facility on Belfast Lough
#WindFarm - Blades for a wind-farm in the Irish Sea have begun to arrive in Belfast Harbour reports ReNews. The blades are for the MHI Vestas V164 8MW turbines destined for Dong Energy’s 256MW Burbo 2 offshore wind-farm in the…
SmartBay Shares In Euro Funding For Ocean Energy
#SmartBay - Galway's new SmartBay ocean observatory will share in a €11m European funding boost for ocean energy testing, as Silicon Republic reports. The subsea observatory in Galway Bay – launched earlier this month in tandem with SeaFest and the…
Ireland has the best off shore energy potential in Europe
Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD, has signed an energy cooperation declaration with nine other EU counties focussing on the development of cost effective offshore wind & wave renewable energy. Commenting on the cooperation declaration, Denis…
The 2MW floating tidal turbine been towed out of H&W to Kirkwall for final checks
#FloatingTurbine- Scotrenewables an Orkney based developer whose 2MW floating tidal turbine as previously reported on Afloat has departed Belfast Harbour for its Kirkwall headquarters. ReNews reports that the SR2000 will undergo final checks at Kirkwall before installation at the European…
Public Consultation On Galway Bay Marine Test Site Lease Application
#SeaPower - A public consultation is underway on the Marine Institute’s application for a foreshore lease to upgrade the Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site. The Marine Institute has applied to the Department of the Environment, Community and…
Three wind turbines a lot like this one would be installed off Spiddal, the closest 1.7km from shore
#PowerFromTheSea - The Irish Times reports that the Marine Institute hopes to install wind turbines in Galway Bay for an offshore renewable energy trial. Permission is being sought for up to three turbines, with a maximum height of 35m above sea…
The proposed zones for tidal energy off Anglesey, north Wales.
#TidalEnergy - An underwater turbine scheme off Anglesey, north Wales, will help power up to 25,000 homes, reports The Daily Post. The scheme would create one of the most sought after tidal energy sites in the world, has received a…
Pembroke Port, location site of the wave energy converter WaveSub
#PortWaveSub - An agreement between Marine Power Systems (MPS) following testing of key components of a pioneering wave powered renewable energy technology at Pembroke Port has been signed with the facility’s operator, the Port of Milford Haven. The pump that is…
Ireland Well Placed To Capitalise On Mainstreaming Of Ocean Energy
#PowerFromTheSea - Ireland could be central to the mainstreaming of ocean energy over the next 35 years, according to a new report from the emerging industry. As The Irish Times reports, the Marine Renewables Industry Association (MRIA) maintains a healthy…

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