The European Maritime Energy Center (EMEC) and the International Center for Island Technology (CITE) launched a one year project on how to minimize impacts biofouling on the wave and tidal power.
Funded by the NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship, the project “Biofouling in Renewable Energy Environments – Marine” (BioFREE) works with marine energy test sites and technology developers to collect data and make assessments on the impacts of biofouling. Biofouling, settlement and growth of organisms on submerged structures can reduce the efficiency of energy production and lead to corrosion that can reduce the survivability of marine technology. The objective of BioFREE is to increase energy efficiency and reliability of devices by identifying, evaluating and managing the organizations responsible for fouling in different habitats with organizations and contrasting seasons. BioFREE also identifies and promotes the positive impacts of waves and tides on the marine environment by exploring mooring systems designed to improve the habitats of some species. The field research will be done on energy test sites tidal and tidal Orkney in partnership with other test centers, including the Center for Research and Innovation in marine energy in Chile and the North Central - American marine renewable energy in Oregon. Various series of panels with antifouling coatings will be made to develop a standard operating procedure for monitoring biofouling.
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