Lir National Ocean Test Facility is a custom designed test facility which operates within the MaREI Centre. It houses Ireland’s only infrastructure for small to medium scale laboratory testing of ocean and maritime systems. We have 4 tanks at various scales and depths for emulation of ocean waves and currents. They are equipped with measurement capabilities including laser PIV, acoustic probes, above and sub-surface motion and real time video. We have a variety of bench test rigs for electrical, power take off and mooring system tests along with a microgrid/on grid infrastructure for test of generation, control, power take off, storage, grid integration, power quality, subsea transmission and fault synthesis. Reputed for our contributions to wave, tidal and offshore wind energy development including towing, installation, performance and survival testing, we are also known for our work with floating structures, offshore structures, coastal engineering including breakwaters and harbours, hydrodynamics, scour, vessels and offshore logistics. We engage with industry and researchers through commercial contracts, the MaREI Centre, Horizon 2020 programmes, SEAI prototype development fund and various International programmes and initiatives, Lir has expert support personnel and a track record stretching back to 1977.
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