A new online platform has been launched by Sea Wave and Wave Energy in Southern Europe (Wese) to share environmental monitoring data collected within the marine energy industry.
The research campaign, co-funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, is called Marendata will host a range of data collected from marine energy test sites, including the European Marine Energy Centre (Emec) in Orkney, Scotland; BiMEP in the Basque Country; and Peniche, in Portugal.
It will include data on underwater noise, video capturing seabed ecology and species behaviour.
Data uploaded on the platform will be relevant in evaluating the potential positive and negative environmental effects of wave and tidal energy devices.
José Chambel Leitão from Hidromod, the Marendata developer, said: “This platform was based on three concepts in order to make it useful and specific to the marine energy industry.
“The first was to build on a previous data platform concept from the SOWFIA project.
“The second was to target the relevance of the data to the marine energy industry, as opposed to generic data platforms.
“And finally, the third concept was to have the support of industry experts, partners of WESE and SEA Wave, selecting the appropriate information to relay to end-users.”
Sea Wave is a consortium group including marine energy technology companies Wello, CorPower Ocean, Laminaria and Ocean Energy.
It also consists of environmental impact modelling and academic experts from the University of Plymouth and University of Exeter.