Marine Energy Biofouling to Be Researched by ICIT and EMEC


The International Center of Island Technology (ICIT) in Orkney and the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC) have united, in a year-long venture to research on some reasonable systems to limit the effects of biofouling.

Biofouling refers to the settlement and development of life forms on submerged structures – is a noteworthy issue for the business. It can diminish the productivity of energy and prompt erosion, lessening the survivability of advances.

Subsidized by NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship, the ‘Biofouling in Renewable Energy Environments – Marine’ (BioFREE) is a project that will center around building up an information system of biofouling specialists to work intimately with marine energy test locations and innovation engineers to assemble information, formulate expertise and share experiences on dealing with biofouling impacts.

The field research will be carried out at EMEC’s wave and tidal energy test sites in association with other centers in the North and South America, Asia, and Europe. At these test destinations, different varieties of boards populated with anti-corrosive coatings will be conveyed to build up a standard working technique for MRE biofouling testing. The Marine Energy Research and Innovation Center (MERIC) in Chile and The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center in Oregon are among centers of research that are included.
The analysts expect the findings of the study will enable reduction of the harmful impacts of biofouling.

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