Strategic and technical advisory

SmartBay Marine & Renewable Energy Test Site

SmartBay is Ireland’s national marine and renewable energy test and demonstration facility for the development of innovative products and services for the global marine and maritime sector. The test site is located 4.5km east of Spiddal in County Galway, approximately 1.5km offshore. The test site is suitable for developers wishing to undertake low-cost sea trials and validation of devices and components at various technology readiness levels.

Facilities and Support Include:

  • Fully licenced test site for prototype ocean energy devices – Wave & Floating Offshore Wind
  • Site located 1.5km offshore with water depths ranging from 20m – 25m
  • Fully characterised wave climate
  • Comprehensive time-series of weather, wave and current data for the site
  • Proximity to ports and associated facilities

Scope of Work

Over the course of 12 years BlueWise Marine has provided a range of services to support the test site. Our support services have progressed from supporting the establishment of the site and its procedures, to our current role of promoting, developing and managing projects for the test site. We have developed extensive experience in the following:

  • Marketing and promotion
  • Building and maintaining a pipeline of technology developers
  • Maintaining accreditation under the ISO 45001, 14001 and 9001 standards
  • Test Site user client management and user project coordination
  • Test Site User Contracting
  • Development of Standard Operating Procedures and access procedures
  • Ongoing provision of community engagement support
  • Stakeholder management
  • Supply chain selection and engagement
  • Strategy development
  • Reporting