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Organisation Contact Details

Contact First Name: Jenny

Contact Surname: Hanafin

Contact Address:

TechWorks Marine, Pottery Road Enterprise Zone, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

Telephone Contact Number: +353-1-235-5990

Fax Contact Number: +353-1-236-5992

Email Address: jenny@techworks.ie

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: SME

Higher Education Organisation Name:

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate: Techworks Marine

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website: www.techworks.ie

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
TechWorks Marine (TWM) provides clients with world-class solutions to monitor the marine environment. We provide products and services to a range of sectors including offshore renewable energy, coastal engineering, ports and harbours, oil and gas, aquaculture, water and utilities, academia, research and statutory monitoring. We have managed projects with partners from both research and industry in a variety of marine sectors: aquaculture; marine civil engineering; research infrastructure; marine renewables; and coastal monitoring. As part of our service offering we offer full web based decision support systems to clients which include web portals and map service integration into web portals. Since 2008 we have developed capacity in the area of remote sensing and developing value added tools for our existing client base. We have led 2 European Space Agency projects, focussed on developing satellite data products for renewable energy and for coastal zone operations and monitoring. To complement our in situ and satellite expertise, we also have numerical wave modelling capacity.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
Operational Oceanography, metocean studies, Remote sensing Satellite oceanography Satellite meteorology Wave modelling Climate modelling Weather modelling Oceanographic observations Regional Global

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

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

 EPA Water Research Pillar
 Climate Change Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

Member of the International Electrotechnical Commission Technical Committee on Marine Energy (TC114) - wave, tidal and other water current converters.


EU Research Partnerships

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

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

Water


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:

Global environmental observation and information systems

Interest indicated in this area

Focus Areas

 Blue growth: unlocking the potential of the oceans

→ Competitive low-carbon energy

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

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

 Earth Observations

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

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

TechWorks Marine have been involved in several research projects funded by European Union Framework Programme (FP6 & FP7) and the European Space Agency (ESA). RESGrow (ESA: Ongoing) is a collaborative project funded by European Space Agency. Techworks Marine Ltd. are responsible for the overall project management and are also responsible for the Wave and Tidal Energy sector. The aim of the RESGrow project is the provision of statistical information on environmental conditions to support the planning of new renewable energy infrastructure as well as the provision of nowcast and forecast information to optimise short- to medium-term operations planning. Within the context of this activity, renewable energy refers to the following sectors: Offshore wind energy Hydropower Solar Energy Tidal and wave energy Biomass The main goal of the project is expanding the market for earth observation based information services in renewable energy sector. Further project information can be found in the following link: http://www.resgrow.eu C-Wams (ESA : 2012-2014) Coastal Water Attribute Monitoring from Satellite data Techworks Marine Ltd is leading the project with our project partners Planetek Hellas. This ESA funded Coastal Outfall Project has specific aims to utilise EO data for regional water quality monitoring in the coastal zone and to develop a framework to supply the commercial and non-commercial sectors with value added satellite products to achieve these aims. Water quality in the coastal region is of global concern which this project aims to address to some extent by providing EO products and service to government and NGO actors in this sector. This will be carried out by presenting two test cases, one in Ireland dealing with wastewater treatment plants and the second in the United Arab Emirates focusing on desalination plant operations. Although the demonstration portfolio will be specific to these locations it is envisaged that the products and services will be transferable globally. By gaining a deep understanding of our specific user issues and requirements we will develop a service which can be exported beyond the specific test sites of this project. Further project information can be found in the following link: http://www.cwams.eu JELLYFOR (Eurostars: 2009-2011) TechWorks Marine are now key contributors of an Earth Observation project to develop a jellyfish forecasting tool. The project, JELLYFOR, is supported by the EU and the European Space Agency (ESA). The project aims to develop a new service to forecast the jellyfish occurrence for a given salinity, temperature and chlorophyll-a. JellyFor integrates optical satellite data, forecasting algorithms and in-situ measurements on a GIS prototype platform. TechWorks Marine were responsible for in-situ monitoring programme, and provision of validation and training data. Partners include: Starlab Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (MUMM) Further project information can be found in the following link: http://www.eurostars-eureka.eu/search.do?method=display&id=0 EOJELLY (ESA: 2009) Supported by the European Space Agency (ESA), the EOJELLY project is an Earth Observation program focused on the prediction of jellyfish appearance in European waters. TechWorks Marine was asked to join the EOJELLY consortium because of its extensive expertise in real-time oceanographic data buoys and oceanographic data processing. TechWorks Marine were responsible for in-situ monitoring programme, and provision of validation and training data. The EOJELLY team is made up of TechWorks Marine two other partners: Starlab CMIMA (CSIC) Further project information can be found in the following link: http://eojelly.starlab.org/ MY OCEAN (EU FP7: 2009-2012) MyOcean is the implementation project of the GMES Marine Core Service, aiming at deploying the first concerted and integrated pan-European capacity for Ocean Monitoring and Forecasting. TechWorks Marine has been involved in developing, hosting and maintaining the service desk web portal for the GMES Marine Core Service. The project involved a total of 60 partners some of which included: Mercator CEFAS The Nansen Centre (NERSC) Puertos del Estado Full partner lists and project information can be found in the following link: http://www.myocean.eu.org/ ECOOP (EU FP6: 2007-2010) The goal of ECOOP is to build up a sustainable pan-European capacity in providing timely, quality assured marine service (including data, information products, knowledge and scientific advices) in European coastal-shelf seas. TechWorks Marine provided in-situ data quality assurance protocols for all ECOOP in-situ data sets and data centres. The project involved a total of 71 partners some of which included: Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) National Environmental Research Council (NERC) HR Wallingford Ltd Plymouth Marine Laboratory Full partner lists and project information can be found in the following link: http://www.ecoop.eu/ MERSEA (EU FP6: 2004-2008) The strategic objective of MERSEA is to provide an integrated service of global and regional ocean monitoring and forecasting to intermediate users and policy makers in support of safe and efficient offshore activities, environmental management, security, and sustainable use of marine resources. TechWorks Marine provided an information management system with search and download tools from multiple data sets. The project involved a total of 39 partners some of which included: Ifremer UK Met Office National Oceanographic Centre Southampton (NOCS) Meteo France Full partner lists and project information can be found in the following link: http://www.mersea.eu.org


LIFE and COST Actions





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Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency

 Environmental Governance and Information


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


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