SEA Wave

SEA Wave: Strategic Environmental Assessment of Wave energy technologies

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) project has granted the Strategic Environmental Assessment of Wave energy technologies (SEA WAVE) project co-ordinated by EMEC.

SEA Wave Project

SEA Wave aims to address long term environmental concerns around the development of the marine renewable industry’s emerging technology.

The potential environmental impacts that can be associated with the marine energy sector are generally site specific making it difficult to draw conclusions about a specific receptor or impact pathway. SEA Wave will undertake a gap analysis to address the lack of knowledge regarding the potential environmental impacts associated with deploying wave and tidal energy convertors in the marine environment.

Building on the bespoke environmental research campaigns undertaken in the Horizon 2020 Clean Energy from Ocean Waves (CEFOW) project on Wello Oy’s Penguin WEC, SEA Wave will incorporate future environmental monitoring campaigns on WECs demonstrated by CorPower Ocean, Laminaria and Ocean Energy. This will be one of the first targeted, multi-WEC ecological sampling campaigns adopting a rigorous experimental approach to address some of the remaining uncertainties that exist for WECs in offshore environments.

Monitoring campaigns will be developed through a gap analysis approach but are expected to involve the use of non-destructive towed underwater video systems (TUVS) and baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVS) to analyse habitat composition and species assemblages around the deployment locations. Marine acoustic sensors will be used to assess fish distribution and abundance near the devices and gain an understanding of fish attraction to infrastructure.

The findings should provide the evidence-base required for regulatory bodies to adopt a risk-based consenting process and support developers secure future multi-device consents. SEA Wave will also build on existing EU funded initiatives to streamline future site developments and further de-risk the development of the marine renewables sector.

The data collected will be analysed and disseminated through established European networks of stakeholders and end users engaged in better understanding the potential impacts of wave energy developments and refining the burdensome consenting process.

SEA Wave Objectives

The project is built upon the unique opportunity to deliver a comprehensive environmental assessment programme around four of the world’s leading wave energy converters (WECs). The primary aim is to undertake one of the first targeted multi-WEC ecological sampling campaigns adopting a rigorous experimental approach to address some of the remaining uncertainties that exist for WECs in offshore environments. This can be reached by:

  • Delivering a comprehensive environmental impact data review
  • Impact model framework developed and validated
  • Data dissemination derived through EU and international portals
  • Transnational regulatory engagement and integration
  • Environmental engineering design improvements
  • Cutting edge data analytics implemented
  • Strategic research carried out by the academic partners
  • Streamlined planning and consenting procedures

The findings will provide the evidence-base required for regulatory bodies to adopt a risk-based consenting process and support developers secure future multi-device consents. The overall outcome will address a number of challenges set out in the EU Ocean Energy Forum Roadmap and help the European Commission deliver policies to support sustainable ocean energy developments across Europe.

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SEA Wave Partners

Led by EMEC, SEA Wave is supported by a diverse range of project partners bringing together wave energy technology developers, academic experts, data managers and key stakeholders across UK, Portugal, Finland, Belgium, Sweden and Ireland.

SEA Wave Funding

This project is co-funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) of the European Union. The contents of this webpage reflect only the author’s view. EASME is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains. eu emblem

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