This project undertook high quality research in order to support the fledgling marine renewable energy industry, at a stage before major development decisions are taken. This multidisciplinary project brings together experts from a wide range of backgrounds, adding diversity to the marine renewable energy sector and providing answers to fundamental questions regarding the provision of marine renewable energy. Collectively, the outcomes from the project activities will provide information on the energy extraction potential of the Atlantic Area coastal waters and enable the prediction of both the impact of marine renewable energy devices on the environment (natural and human) and the impact of the environment on the performance of these devices. The environmental assessment methodologies developed will be applied to sites that have realistic potential for the exploitation of marine renewable energy, with partners in each country selecting a single demonstrator site. Case studies will be undertaken by each partner at these sites and results and techniques used in these studies disseminated to all partners; inter-comparisons will be carried out on the results for all of the case studies. These comparisons and the access to new technologies will assist wider scale applications by reducing the time from research to use by government and industry.
This research was undertaken within the MAREN project, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Atlantic Area Transnational Programme (INTERREG IV).
Further information can be found at: www.marenproject.eu/eng/description