IBM and the Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland are developing groundbreaking research to lessen the environmental effect of converting wave energy into electricity. This project is one of the first in-depth studies on how to utilize the ocean as a new renewable energy resource as well as determining potentially harmful wave energy devices.
“Underwater noise is a global environmental issue that has to be addressed if we are to take advantage of the huge potential of ocean energy,“ said European Union Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science MÃ¡ire Geoghegan-Quinn.
The system will consist of sensing platforms, a communications infrastructure and advanced stream analytics that utilize cloud computing. The first test site, located in Galway Bay, has been part of the SmartBay collaboration involving IBM Research and the Marine Institute Ireland to monitor wave conditions, acoustics, marine life and pollution levels in and around the bay.
“This project is a great example of collaboration among global companies, industry experts and government agencies, and will help us make real progress toward practical and sustainable ocean energy systems. I'm delighted to see Ireland playing a lead role in this area, which has great importance for meeting the EU's energy challenges,“ said Geoghegan-Quinn.