Marine renewable impact research

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Study of the environmental impacts of noise, vibrations and electromagnetic emissions from marine renewables

Marine renewable energy has enormous potential, however, due care should be taken that possible environmental impacts are brought to a minimum in order to address public and other stakeholders’ concerns for such projects.

In order to be able to propose technical mitigation measures, we need to develop a clear understanding of the likely environmental impacts of noise (both during installation and operation), vibrations and electromagnetic emissions of most mature marine renewable technologies (i.e. offshore wind, wave and tidal energy systems).

Therefore, a study is to be launched to first critically review the available scientific evidence and the significance of those impacts and then make recommendations on solutions to mitigate/cancel the identified negative effects.

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