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Inis Mór in the Aran Islands
Island life, in all its challenges, also harbours opportunity for the transition to renewable energy — and the people of the Aran Islands are putting that into practice. Juliette Gash reports for RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland from the Galway…
The crew of Malizia II have invited Greta Thunberg on a zero-carbon journey from Europe to the US this September
Young climate activist Greta Thunberg is taking to the high seas as she plans a zero-carbon journey from Europe to a UN climate summit in New York this September. As RTÉ News reports, the 16-year-old Swede intends to cross the…
File image of an offshore wind turbine
Likely objections about “visual impact” would hamper any attempts to develop offshore wind farms in Northern Ireland for the time being, according to a new Stormont report. As BBC News reports, the paper from the Department for the Economy highlights…
The project will provide solutions for small island renewable energy, water and aquaculture
MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine hosted by University College Cork has been awarded €9 million for the H2020 project MUSICA to build a pilot multi-use platform which will be a decarbonising one-stop-shop for small islands,…
SFI MaREI Centre director Prof Jerry Murphy with Prof Sarah Culloty, director of UCC’s Environmental Research Institute; Dr Jimmy Murphy, manager of the Lir National Ocean Test Facility; and Dr Cian Desmond, UCC research fellow and chair of WESC 2019 at the launch of this year’s Wind Energy Science Conference
A major international wind energy science conference is coming to Ireland next month. The Wind Energy Science Conference (WESC) takes place over four days from 17-20 June at University College Cork and will bring 900 of the world’s leading wind…
EirGrid Opens Consultation on South Coast Landfall of Celtic Interconnector
The State’s electricity transmission grid operator EirGrid has opened a two-month consultation on proposed south coast landfall and converter station locations for its electricity link between France and Ireland writes Lorna Siggins. The Celtic Interconnector will be the first direct…
Investment Boost For Ireland’s Renewable Energy Sector Under Innovation Strategy
Seven renewable energy projects are benefitting from a significant funding injection following investment by the Marine Institute’s industry-led awards, as reported last month on Afloat.ie. With the aim of driving innovation in the marine sector and accelerating renewable energy breakthroughs,…
Tidal kites like these have been tested in the optimum conditions of Strangford Lough over the last few years
#SeaPower - Northern Ireland is well placed to capitalise on the growing trend towards renewable energy thanks to its unique tidal resources, according to a leading researcher in the field. Dr Carwyn Frost of Queen’s University Belfast tells Emily McDaid…
ACT Blade uses technology developed by AMAR Azure for its racing yacht sails
#SeaPower - Edinburgh-based ACT Blade has designed a textile blade for wind turbines that could increase energy production by nearly 10%. The company, an offshoot of racing yacht sail specialist AMAR Azure, designed the blade as part of the Offshore…
Yesterday’s launch of the ROV Étaín at Limerick city docks
#SeaPower - The University of Limerick (UL) has unveiled a unique €2 million underwater robot adapted to inspect, repair and maintain marine renewable energy (MRE) facilities. Funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) through its Research Infrastructure Programme, the ROV Étaín can…
The SR2000 tidal turbine during assembly at the H&W shipyard in Belfast last year
#SeaPower - A Scottish tidal energy company is launching a new round of funding to commericalise its developments in Orkney, as HydroWorld reports. Scotrenewables has appointed Aberdeen-based financial advisors Simmons & Company International to lead the investment process after successful…
Still from a time lapse video showing one of the massive turbine blades on Galway's dockside last winter
#Windfarm - Giant wind turbine blades seen in Galway Harbour last winter are now in operation in Connemara as part of Ireland’s biggest ever windfarm project. According to the Connacht Tribune, the Galway Wind Park between Galway Bay and Lough Corrib…
The Hywind Scotland floating windfarm off Peterhead
#Windfarm - The world’s first floating windfarm is now generating power for Scotland, according to BBC News. Afloat.ie previously covered the Hywind Scotland project, backed by Norwegian energy giant Statoil, which comprises a series of giant wind turbines tethered to…
File photo: On the left is a structure under construction at the Dong Energy site at Harland & Wolff where other renewable energy firms are engaged with manufacturing at the facility in Belfast.
#powerfromthesea - Harland and Wolff, the former giant of shipbuilding in Belfast is meeting demands from new contracts and is currently hiring a range of staff, it has emerged. As the Belfast Telegraph writes, the marine and engineering firm is…
Marine Notice: Spiddal Wave Energy Test Site Decommissioning Works
#MarineNotice - The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) advises of the decommissioning of the wave energy test site in Galway Bay. The decommissioning of the Marine Institute's wave energy site will involve the removal…
Dr. Jimmy Murphy, General Manager of LIR National Ocean Test Facility with Climate Action Minister Denis Naughten  T.D. and Georgina Foley, Commercial Manager at LIR National Ocean Test Facility demonstrating the world class wave and ocean testing capabilities at LIR on the Minister's first visit to the facility.  LIR is incorporated in the MaREI Centre at the €20.5 million purpose built Beaufort building in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork
Lir National Ocean Test facility is key to the development of Ireland’s offshore renewable energy industry. Incorporated in the MaREI Centre and located in the €20.5m purpose-built Beaufort Building, Lir provides world class testing capacity together with the most experienced…

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