Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

General oceanography

Location

2016SSEC

Description

One of the growing industries in coastal and ocean waters is marine renewable energy. To date, there have been very few deployments in US waters, but the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Marine Sciences Laboratory is conducting research into the environmental impacts of such developments in order to enable the industry to grow. At one time, there were nine tidal projects being investigated within Puget Sound, and none of these has been taken forward. There were several reasons why these projects did not progress but one of the key factors was the cost of the environmental studies. Consequently, there is a need to identify what the key environmental questions are and therefore what studies should be undertaken to ensure the environment is properly protected, but that needless surveys (and costs) are avoided.

Over the next few years, multiple studies will be undertaken at MSL that concentrate on improving how environmental studies are performed to maximize the information collected. This will lead to reduced costs and a more effective knowledge of the issues and how they can be addressed. Ultimately, this will provide the industry with a reliable, effective and efficient toolbox of capabilities to identify and address environmental challenges associated with marine renewable energy.

This presentation will discuss the key issues that have been identified to date, and how targeted studies can help the fledgling industry grow within a highly dynamic area so that the Salish Sea can support and lead the development of renewable energy.

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Environmentally Sound Energy for the Future

2016SSEC

One of the growing industries in coastal and ocean waters is marine renewable energy. To date, there have been very few deployments in US waters, but the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Marine Sciences Laboratory is conducting research into the environmental impacts of such developments in order to enable the industry to grow. At one time, there were nine tidal projects being investigated within Puget Sound, and none of these has been taken forward. There were several reasons why these projects did not progress but one of the key factors was the cost of the environmental studies. Consequently, there is a need to identify what the key environmental questions are and therefore what studies should be undertaken to ensure the environment is properly protected, but that needless surveys (and costs) are avoided.

Over the next few years, multiple studies will be undertaken at MSL that concentrate on improving how environmental studies are performed to maximize the information collected. This will lead to reduced costs and a more effective knowledge of the issues and how they can be addressed. Ultimately, this will provide the industry with a reliable, effective and efficient toolbox of capabilities to identify and address environmental challenges associated with marine renewable energy.

This presentation will discuss the key issues that have been identified to date, and how targeted studies can help the fledgling industry grow within a highly dynamic area so that the Salish Sea can support and lead the development of renewable energy.