Selkie - (Development of a streamlined commercialisation pathway for the Marine Renewal Energy industry)

The waves and tides around Ireland and Wales could provide significant low carbon energy. Local companies that build devices to harness this natural resource are already creating jobs and exporting around the world. However, a barrier to development is lack of funding for R&D and pilot demonstration at sea. Another barrier is a lack of common procedures and components (seabed anchors for example), with many technology companies repeating activity in slightly different ways.

Therefore, the aims of the project are:

  1.  Establish a cross-border network of Ocean Energy SMEs and supply chain companies;
  2.  Conduct industry-academic collaborative R&D projects;
  3.  Transfer R&D knowledge to wave and tidal industry/SME stakeholders, thereby advancing the technology sector as whole;
  4.  Assist Irish and Welsh SMEs to progress along the path to commercialisation.


Partner ERDF (€) Total Project Budget (€)
University College Cork 1,991,400 2,489,250
Swansea University 1,484,600 1,855,750
DP Energy Ireland Ltd 198,500 248,125
Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions 175,500 219,375
Menter Mon 182,500 228,125
Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum 183,500 229,375

Location of Activity


  • Cork
  • Dublin City


  • Isle of Anglesey
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Swansea

Partner Contacts

Name Organisation Email Telephone
Dr Jimmy Murphy University College Cork
Dr Gordon Dalton University College Cork
Prof Ian Masters Swansea University
Niamh Kenny DP Energy Ireland Ltd
Paul Doherty Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions
Dafydd Gruffydd Menter Mon
David Jones Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum