Welcome to the website of the Marine Renewables Industry Association (MRIA) which represents companies and interests on the island of Ireland - Ireland and Northern Ireland - in the Marine Renewables Emerging Technologies' (MRET) fields of wave, tidal, floating wind and 'hybrid' energy. The Association includes firms engaged in device development and manufacture, developers of projects and sites, academic researchers, consultants, professional firms and researchers.
The Association is an all-island body.
This website was recently (May 2018) revamped to make it more accessible and user-friendly. The Association wants it to become an important source for all interested in the Marine Renewables Emerging Technologies and welcomes e.g. any donations of photographs of MRET devices or facilities for the site. We would also be delighted for any suggestions for the (Members only....sorry!) Library.
January 4th, 2019: Happy New Year everyone! Please note that MRIA's 10th annual Marine Renewables Emerging Technologies Industry Forum takes place on February 1st at the Alex Hotel Dublin, commencing at 9.0am sharp. This will be a packed out event and it is vital to be seated early! Admission is free - just register with firstname.lastname@example.org. We reserve, of course, the right to refuse entry. Watch this space for the Agenda which should be finalised by mid-January
December 14th: MRIA has just published a major Discussion Paper on the Marine Spatial Planning Needs of the Marine Renewables Emerging Technologies (please see the Publications section of this site) and, also, its quite seperate and only partly overlapping Submission to the Consultation No.1 on the National Marine Planning Framework here. Marine spatial planning is underway in Ireland, North and South, and will have a major influence on the course of marine renewables in the years ahead.
October 26th, 2018: News just breaking that the application for InterReg funding for the Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN) has been successful. More news on this once various technical details finalised. This key initiative will facilitate ocean energy companies to collaborate and to grow Colm de Burca has returned to inter alia the ocean energy brief in ESB while Brendan Barry has moved to Customer Solutions in an ESB 'cabinet reshuffle'. Welcome home to Colm and many thanks to the highly innovative Brendan who should continue to prosper in his now role.
September 24th, 2018: Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Baseline Report has been published. See the Report here. Arrangments for the second round of public meetings on MSP have been made. See here for details and booking links.
The Commissioners of Irish Lights have a vacancy for a Programme Manager which may be attractive to the marine renewables community. See here for more details. Applications deadline is 12th October, 2018 July 27th, 2018 MRIA notes with deep regret the sudden closure of one of our founding members, OpenHydro. The outstanding pioneers at OpenHydro can be proud of their work which saw a small Irish company develop into a global enterprise which worked at the frontiers of engineering knowledge and brought the OpenHydro tidal devices within reach of technical success. MRIA wishes all of the team at OpenHydro well for the future.