|2 September 2016|

Scotland/Ireland

A new collaboration to advance the development of ocean energy and drive technology innovation has been agreed between Scotland and Ireland.

The Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN) brings together three state bodies – the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), Invest Northern Ireland and Scottish Enterprise.

The network’s aim is to develop innovative ocean projects by taking a partnership approach which will promote knowledge sharing and the advancement of ocean energy technologies.

Head of Emerging Sectors with SEAI, Declan Meally said: “The coasts of Ireland and Scotland have an abundant supply of ocean energy. Pooling resources, knowledge and experience between us and collaborating outside of the ocean energy sector means we can bring best practices together to drive development in ocean energy. The countries that can innovate in this space, with regard to both technology and its interaction with the natural and the human environment, will have a real advantage globally and we want to ensure that Ireland is at the forefront in achieving its potential and maximising our renewable resources.”