Major Funding secured for wave energy research

SFI has announced funding to develop the science and technology required by industry to generate energy from wave, tidal and floating wind devices. Prof John Ringwood, Professor of Electronic Engineering and Director of the Centre for Ocean Energy Reseach (COER) at NUI Maynooth, was announced as one of the Co-PI’s in MaREI , the Centre for Marine Renewable Energy Ireland. The Research Centre was one of seven announced today by Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Sean Sherlock, TD, Minister for Research and Innovation

Ireland is in one of the best locations in the World in terms of marine renewable energy resources. The Centre for Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) will develop the science and technology required by industry to generate energy from wave, tidal and floating wind devices. MaREI will carry out world-leading research on all aspects required for the success of the marine renewable energy sector while also educating and training the next generation of engineers and scientists for the marine renewable energy industry. In particular, MaREI will look at a wide range of challenges concerned with the optimized deployment of marine renewable energy devices, the connection of such devices to the national grid, methods for storing the energy generated, and related marine governance, planning, economics and environmental issues.

Speaking at the announcement Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD said, “A key part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs is to build on the major achievements in scientific research we have built up over the past decade and turn more good ideas into good jobs. Today’s announcement will lead to the establishment in Ireland of world-class centres of research excellence and scale which will be game-changers for Irish scientific research.”

Discussing the award Prof Ringwood said “I am delighted to be involved in this Research Centre. Wave energy is extremely complicated. To date there is no globally accepted methodology and there are no truly commercial devices in operation in the ocean at the moment. This research centre presents a significant opportunity to address the challenges posed by wave energy.”

By making Ireland an international focus for the marine renewable industry, MaREI will help satisfy national energy demands and ensure that the expected thousands of jobs created in this sector benefit the national economy. MaREI will itself directly create companies and jobs, SFI Research Centres Programme Marine Renewable Energy

Prof John Ringwood, Dept of Electronic Engineering, NUI Maynooth