MaREI is a key research centre within UCC’s Environmental Research Institute (ERI), which is an internationally recognised Institute for environmental research dedicated to the understanding and protection of our natural environment and to developing innovative technologies, tools and services to facilitate a transformation to a zero carbon and resource efficient society. The MaREI Centre is an SFI funded research centre headquartered in the ERI and includes 13 other Universities and Third Level Institutes from across Ireland, has 50 industrial partners and has accumulated research funding of approximately €60m. It combines the expertise of a wide range of research groups and industry partners, with the shared mission of solving the main scientific, technical and socio-economic challenges across the climate, energy and marine spaces. MaREI is also funded by SEAI, EI, EPA, ERDF, EU, HEA, Marine Institute, DCCAE and IRC, as well as through contributions from our industry partners. Researchers in the MaREI Centre have over 30 years of experience in conducting fundamental and applied research supported by competitively won national and international funding, and commercial contracts with government agencies and industry. MaREI’s strengths lie in the multi-disciplinary nature of its research teams, allowing it to combine insights across areas such as MRE Technologies, Materials & Structures, Observations & Operations, Coastal & Marine Systems, Bioenergy, Energy Policy & Modelling and Renewable Energy Management.
Description of Research
Part of the Selkie project focuses on the development of a GIS techno-economic (GIS-TE) tool, suitable for Irish and Welsh wave and tidal energy enterprises and developers. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is often used to identify suitable sites for Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) installations. Much of this work has been geared towards the installation of offshore wind energy farms due to the commercial readiness of this technology in comparison to other forms of MRE. The research here will focus on GIS for wave and tidal energy applications specifically. In the context of the Selkie project, a significant challenge is the development of appropriate spatial data critical to the formulation of an appropriate method of conducting the site suitability analysis based on various wave and tidal energy device designs. This project will investigate a range of these crucially important inputs and methodologies to the formulation of said site suitability analysis with rigour. Applicants with a strong GIS and data handling background are highly desired.
Ireland and Wales have a large wave and tidal resource, which has the potential to provide significant low carbon energy. The development of successful MRE sector will lead to the production of clean electricity, job creation and technology export to a worldwide market.Find out More