Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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Organisation Contact Details

Contact First Name: Diarmuid

Contact Surname: O Conchubhair (O Connor)

Contact Address:

Parkmore Business Park West, Parkmore, Co Galway, Ireland

Telephone Contact Number: 00353 (0)91 392906

Fax Contact Number:

Email Address:

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: SME

Higher Education Organisation Name:

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate: SmartBay Ireland Ltd

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website:

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
SmartBay Ireland manages the national marine test facility for the development of innovative products and services for the global maritime sector. The test facility is part of Ireland’s national marine test and demonstration facility which is located 4.5km East of Spiddal, approximately 1.5km offshore and in water depths of c. 23m. The test site allows smaller scale devices, or those at an earlier stage in their development, to gain sea experience in less challenging conditions than those experienced at more exposed test sites. This includes the trial and validation of novel marine sensors, prototype equipment and the collection and dissemination of marine data to national and international users of the facility. SmartBay Ireland supports the testing and validation of novel sensors and equipment for its clients. SmartBay provides surface platforms and sub-sea facilities for the demonstration and validation of new technology and solutions. Clients can access SmartBay’s cyber environment to validate innovative solutions for marine and related sectors. Our team of marine, communication and electronic technicians allows us to offer a range of marine services to all users of the facility. This allows users of the facility to focus on data analysis, device validation and product development. Each project is guided from initial concept through to commercialisation.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
marine maritime novel test validate renewable energy wave demonstrate sensor environment data buoy observatory power ocean sea facility water equipment technology cyber analysis device development TRL

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 EPA Water Research Pillar
 Sustainable Environment Research
 Climate Change Research
 Green Enterprise Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Climate Change

Interests indicated in the Climate Change Joint Programming Initiative

 Researching Climate Service Development and Deployment

 Improving Tools for Decision-Making under Climate Change

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

No information specified

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

No information specified


Interests indicated in the Water Joint Programming Initiative

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

Experience of participation in expert groups in this area

Any relevant information in relation to Participation in WssTP or other relevant experts groups

Involvement in EU-funded research projects

Other areas of expertise:

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Fighting and adapting to climate change

 Improve the understanding of climate change and the provision of reliable climate projections

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

Sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials

Global environmental observation and information systems

Interest indicated in this area

Focus Areas

 Blue growth: unlocking the potential of the oceans

 Smart cities and communities

→ Competitive low-carbon energy

 Energy Efficiency

 Water innovation: boosting its value for Europe

 Disaster-resilience: safeguarding and securing society, including adapting to climate change

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

None specified.

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

No cross-cutting areas specified

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.

Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

SmartBay Ireland's manager John Breslin was invited, and accepted a position on the advisory board of FP7 project COMMONSENSE

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

SmartBay are a partner in an FP7 project under the 'Oceans of tomorrow' call entitled MariaBox MariaBox is a consortium of European research organisations and SME’s including Dublin City University and SmartBay Ireland which will develop a wireless marine environment analysis device for monitoring chemical and biological pollutants while installed into a buoy, a maritime means of transport or a mooring. The device, based on novel biosensors, will be of high-sensitivity, portable and capable of repeating measurements over a long time, allowing permanent deployment at sea. The proposed Irish use case of the MariaBox Platform will be based around installing the MariaBox technology on one of SmartBay Ireland’s buoys. The focus of the test will be on algal pollutants/biomass detection. The location will be in an area on the west coast of Ireland with significant Aquaculture activity (on the west coast of Ireland). In this location there are a number of toxins that require careful control and early detection of what toxins are causing the problem is critical. An openly transparent and intensive management system will be put in place so all stakeholders have confidence in the system. Increasing the capability and accuracy of the early warning detection system for toxins is an essential part in the mitigation of the impacts of these events. The goal use case is to demonstrate the MariaBox sensing platform, data dissemination and alerting capabilities to a real world aquaculture environment and assess its role as an early warning in situ detector of potentially harmful toxins. The primary users will be fish and mussel farmers, as well as the local environmental authorities and state agencies. MariaBox will also incorporate a cell phone set of stacked applications (MariaBox-MOB) which will exploit the cellular phone as user interface; SmartBay Ireland will play an integral part in the development of this application. The cell phone application MariaBox-MOB will include: a) Direct access and retrieval of data measurements from the platform and its visualization, b) Basic computing capabilities (including the analysis of the sensors signal) and c) one application for web platform access and use.

LIFE and COST Actions

Go to the LIFE website
Go to the COST website

Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency

COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:

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