After completing its detailed site evaluation and conceptual design study of a proposed 5MW CETO commercial demonstration project in Irish waters, Carnegie has now received a wave energy Foreshore Licence for the West Coast of Ireland.
The conceptual design and site project study, completed in 2011, was 50% funded by the Irish Government’s Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) under the Ocean Energy Prototype Research and Development Programme and Carnegie’s Irish subsidiary CETO Wave Energy Ireland (CWE Ireland). The study identified two potential near-shore sites for further development. Having further assessed the two potential sites in consultation with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), CWE Ireland applied to the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government for an Investigative Foreshore Licence covering an area between Freagh Point and Spanish Point off County Clare.
The approval of the wave energy Foreshore Licence over the Clare site allows Carnegie (through subsidiary CWE Ireland) to commence site investigation work such as environmental surveys and detailed engineering. Such investigations will inform and guide the next steps in the development of a CETO wave energy facility which will be the subject of subsequent and separate foreshore, environmental and planning applications.