Saoirse will be the first full-scale wave energy conversion test and demonstration project in Ireland. It will prove the viability of wave energy converter technology through long term deployment in the harsh, energetic conditions of the North Atlantic. The predictability and consistency of wave energy has long been recognised as a massive potential renewable resource, allowing balancing of grid demand while delivering on our responsibility and commitments to move away from fossil fuel energy production.
The Saoirse project will show that wave energy technology is finally reaching maturity and allow Ireland to be first movers into this exciting new clean energy generation space. The enormous potential for wave energy production along our west coast as a consequence of our exposed Atlantic location, along with massive floating wind energy potential, presents a unique opportunity to create a balanced, mixed supply of fully renewable energy to make Ireland a global powerhouse of green energy supply, both for the domestic market and for export abroad.
Simply Blue Energy is developing the Saoirse off the west coast of Clare, which will consist of a 5MW wave energy conversion array of approximately 15-16 WEC units, some 4km from the coast.