Recent research studies and most notably the Department of Communication, Marine and Natural Resources' Ocean Energy in Ireland: An Ocean Strategy 2006, have made it clear that Ireland has huge potential in terms of harvesting significant levels of wave and tidal energy.
The strategy states that the calculated wave resource for Europe is of the order of 320,000 MW with the highest resources available near the west coast of Ireland. It estimates that the practical wave energy resource offshore is greater than 6,000 MW or 59 TWh per annum as per the public consultation document "Options for the development of Wave Energy in Ireland.".
While our organisation has been predominantly involved in the promotion of Wind Energy in the past, IWEA's policy is to support and promote all forms of renewable energy and ensure a sustainable future for energy in Ireland.