With our partners SAMS Research Services Ltd (SRSL), PML Applications Ltd and AkzoNobel, we are seeking to evaluate marine growth and biofouling effects across the offshore renewable energy industry. The team has undertaken a feasibility study that will identify areas of particular concern and knowledge gaps that determine the need for a predictive biofouling tool and sensor.
The feasibility study encompasses a detailed review and analysis of industry guidance, published literature and datasets to assess the feasibility of developing a predictive biofouling map for the UK.
Once a deep understanding of the biofouling communities and marine growth landscape in UK waters has been achieved, the team will identify potential technologies to take forward for development into a biofouling sensor. The outputs of the investigation will be tested with industry stakeholders at a workshop. From these, recommendations for a framework to develop a predictive tool and the development, demonstration and commercialisation of real-time growth sensor technology will be made.