A consortium of nine organisations from across Europe will investigate the environmental impact of noise, vibration and electromagnetic emissions from renewable energy devices on marine life.
Marine renewable energy devices (MREDs) such as wind turbines are planned in Europe to address the growing requirement for alternative sources of energy. However, little is known about the impact during construction and operation on the marine environment.
The project, funded by the European Commission and co-led by Cranfield University and the DHI Group, aims to fill this information gap. A full-scale review of the environmental impacts of noise, vibrations and electromagnetic emissions on the marine environment will be undertaken including conducting on-site measurements at offshore wind, wave and tidal devices. The results will feed directly into upcoming EU policy development.
Dr Andrew Gill, a marine ecologist who is leading the project for Cranfield, said: “This is an exciting project and one that has the potential to have real impact on policy development in an industry that is still growing. MREDs are important for the future of our energy supply but there is still research needed to understand their environmental impact.”
Results of the study are due in Summer 2015 and will form the basis of a programme for further research and development.
Notes to editors
In collaboration with the DHI Group, Cranfield University has assembled a high profile team of nine institutions from six EU member states including:
- Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), UK
- Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut (FOI), Sweden
- Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS), UK
- Deutsches Wind Energie Institut (DEWI), Germany
- Management Unit of the Mathematical Model of the North Sea (MUMM), Belgium
- Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) - Laboratori d'Aplicacions Bioacústiques, Spain
- Quiet Oceans (QO), France
For further information please contact: Fiona Siebrits, School of Applied Sciences, Cranfield University. T: +44 (0) 1234 758040
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