Centre for Ocean Energy Research (NUIM)
Wave energy research at NUI Maynooth began with the arrival of Micheál Ó Catháin, who became the group’s first research student with a self-proposed project on modelling and control of the McCabe Wave Pump (MWP). Micheál was co-author on our first successful funding proposal in the wave energy area and developed important links with other wave energy researchers and groups, including Prof. Johannes Falnes at NTNU, Norway and Prof. Mike McCormick at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis. Micheál and his contemporary, Gary Nolan, were the first research students to graduate from the group. The arrival of Dr. Jean Christophe Gilloteaux in 2005 brought some much needed fundamental expertise in hydrodynamic modelling and he made an important contribution and spawned some new research directions over the 2005-2010 period, as well as organising the first NUI Maynooth Wave Energy Workshop in 2009, in conjunction with Ecole Centrale de Nantes and the French Embassy. The COER designation was adopted by the group in 2010.
Marine Renewable Energy Ireland
The SFI MaREI Centre is a cluster of key university and industrial partners dedicated to solving the main scientific, technological and socio-economic challenges related to marine renewable energy. These challenges will require innovative solutions to reduce time to market and reduce costs to a competitive level. They cover all aspects of the technology development and require solutions to the engineering problems, energy conversion and storage transmission and integration as well as the enabling ICT technologies and environmental aspects. MaREI will deliver significant economic and societal impacts, leveraging from existing internationally recognised groups in Irish universities working in the MRE sector. MaREI will develop an innovation environment that will yield intellectual property and high potential start-up companies, and lead to jobs in the Irish economy through the outputs from the targeted projects with the industry partners.
Science Foundation Ireland
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is the national foundation for investment in scientific and engineering research. SFI invests in academic researchers and research teams who are most likely to generate new knowledge, leading edge technologies and competitive enterprises in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).The Foundation also promotes and supports the study of, education in, and engagement with STEM and promotes an awareness and understanding of the value of STEM to society and, in particular, to the growth of the economy. SFI makes grants based upon the merit review of distinguished scientists. SFI also advances co-operative efforts among education, government, and industry that support its fields of emphasis and promotes Ireland’s ensuing achievements around the world.
Ryan Institute (NUIG)
Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research at the National University of Ireland, Galway, contributes to some of the most important national and international, long-term, environmental, marine and energy research issues. The Ryan Institute's affiliated researchers are committed to knowledge sharing and collaboration across the sciences, engineering, social sciences and medicine.
The Marine Institute (MI) is the national agency responsible for Marine Research, Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI). We seek to assess and realise the economic potential of Ireland's 220 million acre marine resource; promote the sustainable development of marine industry through strategic funding programmes and essential scientific services; and safeguard our marine environment through research and environmental monitoring. The Institute was set up under the 1991 Marine Institute Act with the following role: “to undertake, to co-ordinate, 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”.
Mobile and Marine Robotics Research Centre
The Marine Robotics Research Centre (MRRC) in University of Limerick is a research centre focused on the development of remote vehicle and payload technologies for subsea commercial and scientific applications. Research in the Centre began prior to 2000 on the development of control and sensor solutions for Mobile & Land based and Industrial Robotic applications. However, the focus of the group’s research activities gradually evolved from work on land based systems toward applications of sensor and robotics in the marine domain. In 2001, the MRRC commenced development of two testbed Vehicles, ‘UMAR’ and ‘Tethra’ for underwater systems testing and AUV Controller experimentation. In 2003, the Centre broadened its research in control strategies for use on autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to incorporate survey mission planning and survey support tools. Today, the MRRC is the only research centre focused on robotic applications in the marine environment within Ireland as an island nation. At present there are five academic/postdoctoral research staff and two postgraduate researchers working in the centre engaged in research in Unmanned Underwater Vehicles technology; the development of vehicles, control systems, artificial intelligence, sonar and vision systems in vehicle control sonar simulators for training, Survey planning and support software tools, and the development and integration of remotes sensors for environmental sensing. The group has established a reputation in part by recent participation in numerous international conferences and meetings and in collaborative research projects with results published in journals. The MRRC have a wealth of experience in offshore operations and scientific sponsored zoological survey with state-of-the-art Video, multibeam and sidescan sonar and have conducted deep ocean habitat mapping and commercial geo-referenced acoustic mapping of ship wrecks etc. The MRRC have also recently trialled a new survey vehicle, ROV Latis equipped with a payload tool-skid comprising multibeam imaging sonar, side-scan sonar, video systems and a Photonic Inertial Navigation System (PHINS) aided by Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) and Ultra-Short Base Line (USBL) sensors, the MRRC’s core survey suite. The MRRC is committed to developing skills and capacities to exploit the potential that exists in the areas of ‘climate change’, Marine Archaeology, the Irish INFOMAR programme (successor to the Irish National Seabed Survey), offshore renewable energy exploitation (Hydrographic survey of potential sites & sub-sea maintenance), and in support of Offshore hydrocarbons exploitation. The Centre welcomes multi-disciplinary, inter institutional research collaboration and is always a willing partner.
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