Projects:  West coast, Ireland

Wave energy on the west coast of Ireland

We are exploring the potential for developing a number of marine energy projects off the west coast of Ireland.  Aquamarine Power is one of four technology developers participating in the Irish WestWave project.  WestWave is a collaborative project led by international energy company ESB International (ESBI).

WestWave Project with ESBI

The WestWave project aims to install and operate wave energy converters capable of generating 5MW of clean electricity in Irish waters. We are involved with the WestWave project proposal for a 5MW pre-commercial wave farm at either Killard Point in County Clare or Achill Island in County Mayo. WestWave has been successful in securing funding under the EU's New Entrant Reserve (NER300) scheme.

The NER300 fund is designed to support innovative renewable projects and carbon capture and storage (CCS) across the European Union. Aquamarine Power has also contributed to a study of the Irish supply chain. The study identifies what is required to deliver the WestWave project including the technical component breakdown and the services and infrastructure required to support the project. Enterprise Ireland will use this information to identify companies available to deliver these requirements.

Working in partnership

In addition to the WestWave project, Aquamarine Power is working with a number of other organisations to ensure Ireland capitalises on its rich natural marine resource and delivers the national strategy for ocean energy.

We work closely with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), a statutory body of the Irish Government set up in 2002 to support its vision of making Ireland a recognised global leader in sustainable energy.

We are also a member of MRIA - the Marine Renewables Industry Association - which is an all-island member organisation representing the marine energy industry in Ireland.  We are a founder member of MRIA, which was established in 2009, and sit on the MRIA Council.

Research excellence towards commercial development

We also work with a number of research institutes in Ireland and Northern Ireland.  We have set up a research group with University College Dublin to focus on high end computational modelling for wave energy systems and have also worked in close partnership with Queen's University Belfast for a number of years.

Eoin Sweeney, Head of Ocean Energy Development Unit
Aquamarine Power’s Oyster wave power technology has great potential and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland is delighted to support them in their efforts to develop sustainable marine energy projects in Ireland.
Eoin Sweeney, Head of Ocean Energy Development Unit
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Dublin
Peter Coyle, Chairman
As a pioneering marine energy company with a wealth of industry expertise, Aquamarine Power is perfectly placed to help MRIA promote the growth of the industry in Ireland. We look forward to Aquamarine Power continuing to play a vital role in MRIA’s work.
Peter Coyle, Chairman
Marine Renewables Industry Association

Key project contact

Marc Murray

Marc Murray
Marc is our senior site developer and is responsible for managing our site development team. Prior to joining us in 2010, Marc worked at Dounreay nuclear site for 11 years holding a number of project management roles.

Ireland's geographical position and climate determine that it is one of the best locations in the world for marine energy. We are pleased to be working with some of Ireland’s leading utilities to ensure Ireland takes its rightful place as one of the world’s leading marine energy producers.

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