GKinetic’s “OC1” successfully deployed and tested at Limerick Docks

17 October, 2015

OC1 accelerating the flow of water in the Limerick Docks
Overview of the Limerick Docks test facility

OC1, a 10kW device named after Paul O Connell, the legendary Munster Rugby Player successfully completed a deployment at the Limerick Docks yesterday (October 16th). The test took place at a custom facility setup as a result of collaborating with the Shannon Foynes Port Company.

The device was towed and tested in a simulated environment for a period of 4 months. Key findings were identified and the ease of deployment was exhibited by how easily the device was launched and recovered.

The success of the project was a result of funding and support from SEAI and collaboration with NUI Galway, MaREI, DesignPro Ltd. and specialised winch company, Windworks.

Managing Director, Vincent Mc Cormack recognises huge potential in the Limerick Docks for Research and Development. This demonstration was the first of its kind for the Docks and has created an industry buzz with potential for testing other renewable energy devices there.

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