Ireland marine tech to be highlighted at Oceanology International event

11 Mar 2014

An unmanned underwater Glider in Lough Furnace, Newport

The Marine Institute is at Oceanology International 2014 in London this week to promote Ireland’s marine technology sector in a bid to encourage more similar technology companies to establish in Ireland.

Ireland’s SmartOcean Pavilion at the event will be showcasing Irish marine tech company’s innovations including smart control technologies for subsea remotely-operated vehicles; sub-sea power cable fault finding;  innovative data buoy and anti-fouling wiper equipment; and adjustable ‘clutch fins’ technology that can potentially double the output of wave energy devices.

Exhibitors at the Ireland Pavilion represent Ireland’s growing ‘Smart Ocean’ cluster  with displays by  Mobile and Marine Robotics Research Centre (UL), SmartBay Ireland, Geomara, Jospa, IDS Monitoring, as well as INFOMAR (the Irish strategic National Seabed Survey by the Geological Survey of Ireland and Marine Institute), and Research Vessel Operationsat the Marine Institute.

The Marine Institute is working on developing a national marine test and validation facility for marine energy and subsea technologies in Galway Bay. 

The subsea observatory will include a standard telecommunications cable to provide power and high speed data communication between the shore station and a network of subsea data ports and surface buoys at the test site. 

Dr. Peter Heffernan, CEO of the Marine Institute said they hope the event those attending the London event will be encouraged by what Ireland has to offer as a test-bed for new marine technologies: “We’re delighted to take part in Oceanology International 2014 alongside some of Ireland’s marine technology innovators. Ireland is a great place to do marine business right now, with a growing number of high tech marine and ocean energy companies developing novel products and services for international markets.”

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic