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Tidal Energy Technology Development in Ireland

  • Date(s)
    Wednesday, 15 January 2020
  • Time(s)
    From 6.30 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

About the event

Ireland is currently home to a thriving ecosystem for marine renewable energy technology development, promoting strong links between academic and industrial sectors.

This lecture presents the ongoing structural design and testing research on tidal turbine blades at NUI Galway and within the national MaREI Research Centre. A case study for Ireland as a springboard for success is also presented from the perspective of tidal and river turbine developer Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC).

Linking the two sectors, the MaRINET2 Transnational Access programme promotes collaboration between academia and industry. Situated in University College Cork the programme provides access to testing facilities around the EU for marine renewable energy technology developers.

About the speakers

Dr Edward Fagan is an SFI Industry Fellow with Amyyx Power working on making Airborne Wind Energy Systems (AWES) competitive with existing energy sources will require novel manufacturing methods, focused on scalability, safety and performance. Prior to this Edward Postdoctoral researcher working on the design, numerical modelling and testing of rotor blades for wind and tidal turbines in the MaREI Centre. The project is in collaboration with Orbital Marine Power Ltd. and ÉireComposites Teo. on the design and subsequent testing of a full-scale composite blade for a tidal turbine.

James Donegan is Director of European Operations and Lead Electrical Engineer with Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) Ireland. James leads the design and manufacture of ORPC’s permanent magnet generators, electrical control systems, and instrumentation and health monitoring systems, and develops systems modeling tools for analysis and testing of ORPC’s advanced design TGUs. In addition to overseeing all ORPC Ireland projects, James is in charge of R&D of ORPC technology and operations of ORPC systems conducted in Europe.


Free and all are welcome to attend!

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