Annual Report 2018
Country Reports


Declan Meally and Patricia Comiskey Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland


Ocean Energy Europe Conference
The annual Ocean Energy Europe Conference and Exhibition is one of the most important events on Europe’s ocean energy calendar. This year’s conference will take place in Dublin in October 2019. The conference will provide opportunities to network and obtain access to decision makers, thought leaders, investors and entrepreneurs in the sector. 


Ocean Power Innovation Network 
The Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN) is an EU project, funded through Interreg NWE, led by Irish partner SEAI. The previously established OPIN initiative sought funding to expand the number of regions in which it operated. To date OPIN has facilitated 4 workshops, held in Dublin, Edinburgh, Belfast and Aberdeen, which highlighted opportunities for learning and technology transfer from other sectors such as offshore oil and gas and encouraged collaboration. The project will achieve its objectives through a programme of symposiums, workshops, and masterclasses to be held over the 3 years of its lifetime. Ireland will directly organise at least two cross-sectoral workshops and will hold the annual OPIN Symposium in Ireland in 2019. SMEs in the sector will also have access to workshops and masterclasses organised in all of the project partner regions over 2019-2021. 


The Ocean Energy Ireland Portal
The portal, designed by SEAI and the Marine Institute with input from numerous other groups, acts as a ‘one stop shop’ to guide developers through the supports available in Ireland for the marine renewable energy sector. All information is aligned under six axes of activity that provide access to marine data, maps, tools, and funding support information.

2018 saw numerous new or upgraded features. The Marine Renewable Energy Atlas, an interactive GIS map of Ireland and its territorial waters, was updated to include the most relevant, high quality downloadable data available. Including test site infrastructure, INFOMAR data, socio-economic data, monthly model means from East Atlantic SWAN numerical model and North Atlantic ROMS numerical model, research facilities locations, ports locations. The media section of the website was also redesigned in 2018 to provide regular updates on Ireland’s key activities and achievements in the ocean energy sector.