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Marine Renewables - ME5208

Summary Objectives:

To determine impacts and benefits of large-scale marine renewable energy projects to enable Defra to demonstrate the benefits of including environmentally focussed as opposed to technologically driven science in the energy arena: Lead and deliver the environmental science needed to inform marine renewable energy deployment in the context of other requirements such as the formation of Marine Protected Areas under the Marine Strategy Directive.

Key Customer Purpose:

This proposal addresses important gaps in the research landscape, which unless tackled will impact increasingly on research outcomes, technical capability and tools development to support the renewable energy sector in general and the wave energy sector in particular.
There are critical questions which must be addressed as development of renewable energy resources from the marine system progresses: 1) Can ecosystems continue to deliver essential life supporting services when wave energy is extracted from the marine system? 2) What is the magnitude and extent of the consequences / impacts of wave energy extraction on ecosystem services? 3) Is there a balance to be struck.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2009

To: 2014

Cost: £1,500,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Natural Environment Research Council