The first round of ecological surveys as part of the EU Horizon 2020 funded CEFOW (Clean Energy From Ocean Waves) project have been successfully completed by Plymouth and Exeter universities. The research was carried out at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)’s grid-connected wave energy test site where Wello Oy’s Penguin wave energy converter (WEC) has been operating since installation in March 2017. This is the first phase of a multi-year monitoring study aimed at understanding the cumulative effects of multiple WECs on the habitat and ecosystem into which they are deployed. The ecological component of the CEFOW project is explained in more detail on EMEC’s news page and here in our CEFOW project page.
See below for a brief clip of some of the towed video footage.