Device Design, Testing and Evaluation

Device Design, Testing & Evaluation

Device Design, Testing and Evaluation

MaREI’s ‘Device Design, Testing & Evaluation’ capabilities focus on the design and optimisation of marine renewable energy devices (including wave, tidal and offshore wind) and marine structures. The ‘Device Design, Testing & Evaluation’ team work closely with the ‘Control Systems’, ‘Power Take-Off’ and ‘Modelling and Simulation’ teams to provide a holistic and integrated approach to the optimisation and advancement of MRE Technologies. Physical testing of prototype devices is facilitated through infrastructure available at LIR-National Ocean Test Facility, which includes wave tank testing, tidal testing, electrical power take-off and micro-grid simulation capabilities. Custom in-house design and numerical tools are utilised by MaREI researchers to support key design decisions and to progress designs through the ‘Technology Readiness Levels’ (TRLs) towards commercial readiness.

Research objectives are focussed on maximizing the extraction of energy and optimising the performance of marine renewable energy devices and marine structures, with an associated focus on the reduction of costs to an acceptable level. Design activities consider aspects such as maximum loadings under extreme loading conditions, and include dissipation, diffraction, radiation, large motions and hydro-structure interactions. For more information relating to MaREI’s ‘Device Design, Testing & Evaluation’ capabilities, please contact one of the team members below.

Core Research Areas Include

  • Formulation of novel marine renewable energy device concepts
  • Optimisation and development of prototype devices and concepts
  • Physical testing and validation of prototype devices
  • Development of software tools to aid design process
  • Integration of mooring system, power take-off and electrical control design considerations


  • TUPPERWAVE Project; SFI MaREI Industry Projects with ESBi, GRS Energy, etc.;


  • CORES – Components for Ocean Renewable Energy Systems
  • MARINET – Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network
  • MARINA – Marine Renewable Integrated Application Platform


MaRINET2 1st Access Call Opening 10th April

MaRINET2 is a network of 39 partners, involving research centres and organisations cooperating to progress offshore renewable energy technologies such as wave, tidal and offshore-wind.
Comanche ROV

MMRRC at UL purchased a new Remotely Operated Vehicle under the MaREI SFI grant

MMRRC at UL, has purchased a new ROV, and associated launch and recovery systems, under a MaREI SFI infrastructure grant.

Floating wind turbine undergoes extreme testing in Irelands' National Ocean Test Facility

Floating wind turbine undergoes extreme testing in Irelands' National Ocean Test Facility
Wave Energy MaREI

Multi-Million Euro Ocean Energy Project Coordinated By MaREI Researchers At UCC

MaREI announces the kick-off of a multi-million euro technology development project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme...

Commissioning of Wave Tanks

The largest wave tank at the Lir National Ocean Test Facility was commissioned for operational use on Monday, April 25th. It was the first time that a 1 m high wave was generated in the tank.

MaREI Awarded Over €4m in SFI Infrastructure Funding

MaREI have been awarded over €4m in grants for research equipment…


The primary objective of OPERA is to gather open-sea operating experience to reduce the cost of wave energy.

Beaufort Building to Officially Open (July 3rd, 2015)

MaREI’s new headquarters at University College Cork’s (UCC) Beaufort Building in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, will officially open on the 11th July 2015...


The TIDES project will deliver one of the first tidal energy farms, located 2km off the Co. Antrim coast of Northern Ireland.