Engineering Excellence for Maritime and Energy


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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The National Ocean Test Facility, Ireland consists of state of the art wave tanks and electrical rigs that allow for scaled testing in a controlled environment.


MaRINET2 1st Access Call Opening 10th April

The EU MaRINET2 initiative first access call is opening on the 10th April, the website will also become live on that date. MaRINET2 is a network of 39 partners, involving research centres and organisations cooperating to progress offshore renewable energy technologies such as wave, tidal and offshore-wind.  It achieves this through marine energy development companies,… Read more >


SFI MaREI Centre & LIR National Ocean Test Facility to be housed at €15 Million Beaufort Building in Ireland’s maritime quarter. Saturday, 11 July 2015: An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. officially opened the UCC Beaufort Building in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork today (Saturday). The 4,700m2 five storey building with state-of-the-art wave simulators, test tanks, workshops and… Read more >

Beaufort Building to Officially Open (July 3rd, 2015)

MaREI’s new headquarters at University College Cork’s (UCC) Beaufort Building in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, will officially open on the 11th July 2015, representing an investment of €15.2 million from the Irish State and private investment. The Building covers some 4700m2 across five floors, and has provision for 135 researchers and support staff in offices and… Read more >




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Lir National Ocean Test Facility, Environmental Research Institute,
Beaufort Building, University College Cork, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, Ireland