MARINA Mobilisation and Mutual Learning (MML) Workshop, Wave Energy: an industry perspective – Galway, Ireland

2017-01-26 10:00 - 2017-01-26 13:00
Marine Institute, Galway, Irlanda Marine Institute, Galway, Irlanda

26th January 2017

Wave Energy in Ireland: Considering the Future - an industry perspective

The development of wave energy technology is one of the most technologically challenging industries that is currently being developed.  In relation to the technological challenges for any R&D activity, significant funding and regulatory support is required.  R&D is often associated as high risk with institutional investors, so early investment is often undertaken by governments and high risk appetite individuals and consortiums. In Ireland, funding and policy support is being provided to try and develop an indigenous wave energy industry.  Facilities have been set up around the country to test devices and a prototype development fund has been set up.  Is this funding support sufficient to assist in overcoming the technological challenges?  What additional support and regulatory assistance could be provided and what focus should this take? These issues will be compared to the Offshore Wind Development in the country.  The technology for offshore wind is now proven but Ireland still has not progressed to the development of any projects and the challenges surrounding this will be explored.

Funding aside, what are the key challenges associated with the development of wave energy technology?

You want to use your creative mind to develop solutions that best serve individual citizens, your local community and the European society at large. You want to make sure that your needs and expectations are taken into account when local, national and European decisions and innovations are being developed.


The workshop is organised by Smartbay Ireland using the Focus Group methodology. It will involve citizens, scientists, business representatives, entrepreneurs, local authorities and policy makers in an open dialogue. Together, you will define a common vision and a roadmap of solutions and actions to face this challenge. The results, together with the outcomes of the other MARINA workshops in Europe, will be freely accessible on the MARINA Web Knowledge Sharing Platform, used for identifying lessons learned and best practices and disseminated at European policy conferences.

26-01-2017, 10.00 AM

Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore,

Galway, Ireland