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Met Éireann and UCD create a wind and wave atlas for Ireland

Publication Date: 18 November, 2014

 

Researchers in the UCD School of Mathematical Sciences, in collaboration with Met Éireann, have created a new wind and wave atlas for Ireland for the period 2000-2012. The study was supported by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) through the Renewable Energy Research Development & Demonstration Programme.

Ireland is uniquely placed in terms of its ocean renewable energy resource, with a highly energetic wave and wind climate. The western coast of Ireland possesses one of the best wave energy resources in the world and consequently, is a promising location for the future deployment of wave energy converters (devices that extract energy from the incoming waves). Quantifying the wave climate and energy resource can aid in the selection of adequate locations for potential deployment and for the planning and design of those marine operations. In addition, up-to-date knowledge of the wind and wave climate of Ireland is very desirable for all marine activities.

More information available here.