Ireland’s ¼ scale marine test site is located 1.5km offshore in water depths ranging from 20m – 23m within Galway Bay. The license for the site has been held by the Marine Institute since 2006.
Data is collected from the Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (AMETS) and from Irish Lights WT2 Wave Buoy. AMETS is being developed by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to facilitate testing of full scale wave energy converters in an open ocean environment and is located off Annagh Head, west of Belmullet in County Mayo.
Data in Dublin Bay is collected at Irish Lights Digital Diamond Test Site, an e-navigation and communications proof of concept test bed. The Diamond’s primary stations are at Kish Lighthouse, Baily Lighthouse, Dublin Port and CIL Dun Laoghaire.
Poolbeg is a key area in the whole Dublin Bay system due to it’s mix of fresh water from the Liffey and salt water from the Irish Sea.
The tidal effects on the sea bed, and the local benthonic fauna and flora can be measured. Contamination coming from Dublin city can also be detected here.
The Cork SmartBay buoy is located off Roches point Lighthouse. The buoy is a Mobilis DB800 and is equipped with sensors to support operational monitoring of local weather, wave and environmental conditions and to facilitate a number of research projects in Cork Harbour.