Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney TD officially opens the Lir National Ocean Testing Facility
Ireland’s ocean energy test facility, Lir, was officially opened today in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork
Lir National Ocean Test Facility Launch January 18th 2019
Located in the €20 million UCC Environmental Research Institute (ERI) Beaufort building, Lir – the National Ocean Test Facility provides world-class laboratory testing for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy devices. The state of the art facilities at Lir include four wave tanks that can replicate real ocean conditions and enable testing of various marine innovations, technologies and structures at different scales. As well as the ocean test infrastructure, Lir also offers a highly experienced team of researchers and operators.
The Ministerial party toured the Lir facility, a2,600 m2tank hall reviewing the Deep Ocean Basin tank, Ocean Basin tank and Electrical Laboratory, and also experienced the wave and current flume capabilities of the tanks, as well as the wave watch flume and adjustable beach.
UCC’s Dr. Jimmy Murphy and Lead at Lir said, “The diversity of activities at Lir reflect the numerous commercial opportunities that offshore renewable energy presents. We are supporting companies by de-risking their technologies through our extensive testing capability including towing, installation, performance and survivability testing. We also operate in the broader marine sector as we have the capacity to test any structure that can be fabricated at a smaller scale. As well as renewable energy devices and systems, Lir can also be used to test oil and gas platforms, aquaculture cages, vessels, breakwaters and coastal protection structures. The Lir facility will accelerate Ireland’s marine sector development, and we look forward to supporting indigenous and international companies, institutions, academia and researchers in this important sector.”
The Lir Infrastructure represents a capital investment of c.€10m, with infrastructure funded by HEA and Bord Gais (under PRTLI), DCCAE and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and support from the IDA and Port of Cork. Additional funding was received from DAFM and subsequent capital and equipment awards from Science Foundation Ireland and the Marine Institute won by, and enabled through, MaREI in the Environmental Research Institute at UCC. Lir receives ongoing support from SEAI through their Ocean Energy Programme.