Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland have joined forces to advance the development of ocean energy.
Led by three state bodies – the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), Invest Northern Ireland and Scottish Enterprise – the new Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN) also aims to drive technology innovation.
They will focus on collaborative initiatives, knowledge sharing, applied learning and creative thinking in ocean energy technology development.
Declan Meally, Head of Emerging Sectors at SEAI said: “The coasts of Ireland and Scotland have an abundant supply of ocean energy. Pooling resources, knowledge and experience between us and collaborating outside of the ocean energy sector means we can bring best practices together to drive development in ocean energy.
“The countries that can innovate in this space, with regard to both technology and its interaction with the natural and the human environment, will have a real advantage globally and we want to ensure that Ireland is at the forefront in achieving its potential and maximising our renewable resources.”
Earlier this week a second turbine was installed at the world’s first grid-connected commercial offshore tidal array in Scotland.