SmartBay Ireland supports the national marine test facility for the development of innovative products and services for the global maritime sector. This includes the trial and validation of novel marine sensors, prototype equipment and the collection and dissemination of marine data to national and international users of the facility.
“The Marine Institute was set up under the Marine Institute Act 1991: “to undertake, to coordinate, to promote and to assist in marine research and development and to provide such services related to research and development, that in the opinion of the Institute, will promote economic development and create employment and protect the marine environment.”
They are the State agency responsible for marine research, technology development and innovation in Ireland. The Marine Institute provides scientific and technical advice to Government to help inform policy and to support the sustainable development of Ireland’s marine resource. The Marine Institute established the SmartBay test site in 2006 and provide a range of services supporting the wider Marine Renewable Energy sector.
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland role is to support Ocean Energy development throughout Ireland. It administers the Prototype Development Fund where researchers and companies developing innovative ocean energy technologies can seek funding. Full details can be found here: www.seai.ie/renewwables/ocean-energy