A maritime facility which will power the ‘blue economy” was opened in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, over the weekend by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
The 4,700m sq, five-storey Beaufort Building with wave simulators, test tanks, workshops and offices provides Ireland with world-class infrastructure for renewable energy and maritime research.
Named after the Irish hydrographer and globally adopted Beaufort Wind Scale creator, Rear Admiral Francis Beaufort, the Beaufort building will house the headquarters of the multi-institutional home to Science Foundation Ireland’s Marine Renewable Energy Ireland and the LIR National Ocean Test Facility.
Speaking at the opening, Mr Kenny said marine research and development is a part of this Government’s plan to rebuild a sustainable enterprise based economy.
“Our seas will increasingly support more jobs, enterprise and research,” he said. “The UCC Beaufort Building, is a vessel of scientific discovery for our seas. Its worldclass facilities will attract worldclass researchers and new entrepreneurial endeavours in the maritime and energy sectors.
“The spirit of collaboration between academia, private enterprise and the Irish Naval Service in Irish maritime research is a model for public/ private partnerships not only in Ireland, but globally.”