The inaugural meeting of the Irish Wave Energy Developers Association (IWEDA), made up of 11 Irish companies who are all developing different Ocean Energy Technologies, took place on 18 April, 2014 at NUI Maynooth.
The aim of the association are:
• To promote the establishment of a viable Ocean Energy Industry in Ireland;
• To secure government and EU support for the industry;
• To promote the industry to private equity investors;
• To collaborate resources and agree best development protocols;
• To lobby state agencies involved in the sector for a better terms for the members;
• To address the imbalance between public monies available for academic research and that available to industry;
• To lobby Universities for better terms for access to facilities and research;
• To develop a 1/15th scale test site to complement existing Irish infrastructures that will address problems at an early stage before proceeding to the 1/4 scale Galway Bay site.
Considerable amounts of public monies have been spent on developing laboratory test facilities and ocean test sites in Ireland. This money will be wasted if Irish developers remain underfunded and unable to develop devices to be tested in these facilities.
With proper investment, government support and the help of research institutions IWEDA can create an Irish based global industry employing many thousands of people, while making a huge contribution to the economy and enable Ireland to reach its renewable energy targets.
Press Release, April 24, 2014