Ireland have completed the installation of the Galway Bay Ocean Energy Observatory. The Observatory is the result of a combined effort between Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI ), the Marine Institute and Commissioners of Irish Lights who have been working together to promote and develop Ireland’s ocean energy potential
The Galway Bay Ocean Energy Test Site is located 1.5km offshore in water depths of approximately 23 metres and is restricted to shipping. A suite of sensors and environmental monitoring equipment installed on the cable end frame this summer, as well a floating ‘sea station’ will give ocean energy developers real time data on how their devices are performing in the ocean.
According to Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: “The new facilities at the Galway Bay Ocean Energy Test site will attract companies and researchers developing marine technology and renewable ocean energy equipment, and will position Ireland at the forefront of these emerging sectors by developing an expert indigenous supply chain that will expand as these sectors grow. The ocean observatory will also enhance our ability to monitor the ocean and better understand how it works, which is critical to tackling issues such as climate change.”
About Tracey Smith Tracey is an accountant and entrepreneur with a passion for nature. This passion is what spurred her interest in renewable energy, and the rest is history as they say. Tracey is a principal in Energy Think Group, the publisher of Solar Thermal Magazine and Tek-Think. She is also the principal at Women's Financial Help Desk. She spends her free time in the outdoors with her horses and dogs. She loves to travel.