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MRIA 5th Ocean Energy Industry Forum 2014
'Policy and Technology Perspectives'
February 7th, 2014 - Sponsored by ESB


Session 1 'Policy Perspectives'
This session focused on Ocean Energy policy and prospects in a number of countries
Chair- Paul Brewster, Pure Marine Gen Ltd

Europe- Sian George, Chief Executive, EU Ocean Energy Association

Northern Ireland- Barbara Swann, Dept of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Northern Ireland

Canada- Elisa Obermann, Marine Renewables Canada

Scotland- Jan Reid, Scottish Enterprise

Republic of Ireland- Brian T Carroll, Dept of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Republic of Ireland

Session 2 'Technology Perspectives'
This session focused on technology developments, institutions and initiatives in Ocean Energy
- Martin Mc Adam, CEO, Aquamarine Power Ltd

Progress of WestWave- Brendan Barry, ESB

Mc Laughlin & Harvey and Ocean Energy- Adam Holland

Progress of Pelamis-Richard Yemm, CEO, Pelamis

5 Minute Snapshots of Progress:

Sound and Sea Ltd- Kate Fitzgerald

MarEI- Conchur O Bradaigh

Smartbay- John Breslin

Jospa- Patrick Duffy

Electrical Design of Wave and Tidal Devices- Ray Alcorn

IMERC- Val Cummins

GRS- Eoghan Quinn

MEngSc- Paul Leahy

Aquamarine Power- Marc Murray

Open Hydro- Sue Barr

4th Annual Ocean Energy Industry Forum,
8th February 2013 sponsored by Green IFSC:

Opening Remarks by Fergus O'Dowd TD,Minister of State for Energy, Communications and Natural Resources, Republic of Ireland

Stephen Nolan, Executive Director, Green IFSC

Chair: Peter Coyle, Marine Renewables Industry Association

Session 1 'Progress'
This session will focus on the progress made by industry recently on both projects and energy conversion devices

Chair: Dr Val Cummins, Director IMERC

DP Marine Energy: 100MW tidal stream project off Fair Head, Co Antrim- Clodagh Mc Grath, DP Energy

Tidal Ventures: 100MW tidal project off Torr Head, Co Antrim- Sue Barr (Open Hydro), Bord Gais and Open Hydro

Technology from Ideas – Progress on Mooring Tether Paul Mc Evoy

Ocean Energy projects in partnership with the European Space Agency, Charlotte O' Kelly, Techworks Marine

Carnegie Wave progress-Kieran O'Brien, Carnegie Wave

New MEngSc in Marine Renewable Energy- Paul Leahy/Tanya Mulcahy, UCC

Wave and tidal progress in the UK- Skye Holcombe Henley, Renewables UK

Session 2 '....and Reality'

This session focused on developments recently in policy, support and initiatives

Opening Remarks by David Thomson, Deputy Permanent Secretary and Head of Policy Group,
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Northern Ireland

Chair: David Thomson

How to create an ocean energy industry- Martin McAdam, Aquamarine Power

Utility perspective of cost and performance requirements-John Fitzgerald, ESBI

Recent infrastructural developments in ocean energy-Tony Lewis, HMRC /Fiona Grant, Marine Institute

Challenges in Financing Wave and Tidal-Barry O'Flynn, Ernst and Young

Foreshore Bill- Lorraine O'Donoghue, Dept of Environment, Community and Local Government, Republic of Ireland

SEAI and marine renewables-Declan Meally, SEAI

Integrated Marine Plan for RoI “Harnessing Our Ocean Wealthâ€-Geoffrey O'Sullivan, Marine Institute

Update on Marine Renewables Development Strategies:

Ø Northern Ireland Barbara Swann, Dept of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Northern Ireland

Ø Republic of Ireland Brian T Carroll, Dept of Communications, Energy and Resources, Republic of Ireland

Annual Ocean Energy Industry Forum, sponsored by Eirgrid: 10th February 2012

Opening Remarks by Pat Rabbitte TD, Minister for Energy, Communications and Natural Resources, Republic of Ireland
Michael Walsh, Director of Corporate Affairs and Strategy, Eirgrid
Chair: Peter Coyle, Marine Renewables Industry Association

Session 1 How is the technology progressing?

Chair: Yvonne Shields, Chief Executive, Commissioners of Irish Lights
Nick Murphy - Open Hydro Ltd
John Keating - Ocean Energy Ltd
Noel Halloran - Technology from Ideas Ltd
Ben Wrafter - Seapower Ltd
Martin McAdam - Aquamarine Power Ltd
Jochem Weber - Wavebob Ltd
Kieran O'Brien - Carnegie Wave Ltd
Prof Tony Lewis - UCC

Session 2 What is happening in background support and policy?

Chair: Cdre Dr Mark Mellett, Irish Naval Service
Mark Norton - Eirgrid
Prof Chris Bean and Prof Frederic Dias - UCD
Dr John Ringwood - NUIM, Dr Val Cummins - IMERC
Harvey Appelbe - Vattenfall /Tonn Energy
Cera Slevin - ESBI
George Burke - Dept of Environment, Community and Local Government
Barbara Swann - Dept of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Northern Ireland
Eoin Sweeney - SEAI

IMERC Conference Presentations are now available here:

MRIA Council visit McNulty Yard, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England to view an offshore substation under construction.


MRIA Council visit Ocean Energy device at Galway docks prior to deployment under CORES project.


The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has published a Request for Proposals for a Tidal Energy Converter (TEC) System Demonstrator.

Details of the call can be found at and the press release at
The ETI will be holding a Project Briefing event on the 7th April at the IET in London. This will be followed by a RenewableUK hosted industry networking opportunity at the same venue. Interested parties can register for these events at

Next stage in The Crown Estate Northern Ireland Offshore Renewable Energy Leasing Round announced.

ESB International applies for Foreshore Investigation Licences for potential wave sites off the west coast of Ireland

Northern Ireland Offshore Renewable Energy Leasing Round Announced.
See also:

Invest NI's Offshore Renewables Business Opportunity and Supply Chain event held on Tuesday 8th March 2011 – Presentations are now available at

Wind and Tidal Turbine Simulation Course on 18th May 2011 at NMCI

Matheson Ormsby Prentice: Presentations from the Energy Seminar held on 24th March 2011:
Stephen Woodhouse, Pöyry
John McKiernan, ESB Novusmodus
Michael O'Connor, Matheson Ormsby Prentice

MRIA's Ocean Energy Industry Forum, 3rd February 2011

Session 1:

Session 2:

MRIA's Ocean Energy Industry Forum, 5th February 2010


Forum 2010 presentations:

Peter Coyle, Chairman MRIA

Ocean Energy
Open Hydro
Aquamarine Power
SSE Venture Capital
TechWorks Marine
Offshore Renewable Energy in Northern Ireland
Ocean Energy Programme in Republic of Ireland

Press Releases

Ireland Loses Round One of Wave Energy Development Race to Rival Scotland

MRIA "ESRI Paper fails to grasp potential contribution of Ocean Energy" - Press Release

Bord Gáis Press Release on CEO's address to MRIA Forum 2011

MRIA welcomes CER Decision on Small Generators


Irish companies do well in latest WES awards

RoI DCENR publishes first stage of tariff support consultation. New Scheme to be in operation by end of 2016

See Renewable Electricity Support Scheme - Techynology Review Consultation

SEAI publish Call for Proposals at AMETS test site

New one-year taught Master's Programme in marine renewables for academic year 2013-14 combining expertise from Ireland's leading third-level institutions - further information shortly.

Aquamarine Power receive consent for first array of Oyster devices – see

Irish company, Ocean Energy Ltd, to deploy at Wave Hub in major deal. See Press Release

UK announces new ROCs regime -

The RLG final document and relating figures are now available on the DETI Energy website :

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne welcomed a £3 million marine renewable energy contract between Edinburgh-based wave energy developer Aquamarine Power and Falmouth-based marine drilling specialists Fugro Seacore. To read the full story see

Electricity Market Reform consultation in UK: All the key documents can be found at

Aquamarine Power has closed a new £11m investment round led by ABB Technology Ventures, the VC arm of ABB:

Draft Ocean Renewable Energy Development Plan and SEA published:

Commercial Scale CETO Unveiled

Aquamarine Power USA LLC, a subsidiary of wave energy company Aquamarine Power UK, has been awarded a matching grant by the Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET) to look at the potential for using wave energy to produce clean, sustainable electricity along Oregon's coastline:

Wave energy developer Aquamarine Power has been awarded over £3 million from the Scottish Government to support the development of its next-generation Oyster wave energy device:

Launch of Global Maritime Alliance

Wave energy developer Aquamarine Power announces that it has successfully raised an additional £6 million of funding

Irish and Swedish Companies join together in ocean energy investment

Vattenfall announce major R&D initiative with Wavebob in new Tonn Energy Joint Venture

SEI Commits €4.3 Million to Ocean Energy Development

Launch of MRIA

The Republic of Ireland's Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan, TD, inaugurated the MRIA at a function in Dublin on April 21st 2009. The Minister is pictured below (centre) with MRIA officers (l - r) Dr Ray Alcorn, Peter D. Coyle, Jim Galvin and John Keating.


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