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Reliable Data Acquisition Platform for Tidal (ReDAPT) project: Final Report ME8.5 Antifouling systems


Citation Vance, T., Ellis, R. and Fileman, T. Reliable Data Acquisition Platform for Tidal (ReDAPT) project: Final Report ME8.5 Antifouling systems, ETI, 2014. https://doi.org/10.5286/UKERC.EDC.000313.
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Author(s) Vance, T., Ellis, R. and Fileman, T.
Project partner(s) Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)
Publisher ETI
DOI https://doi.org/10.5286/UKERC.EDC.000313
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Abstract One of the key developments of the marine energy industry in the UK is the demonstration of near commercial scale devices in real sea conditions and the collection of performance and environmental data to inform permitting and licensing processes. The ETI’s ReDAPT (Reliable Data Acquisition Platform for Tidal) project saw an innovative 1MW buoyant tidal generator installed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney in January 2013. The project demonstrated the performance of the tidal generator in different operational conditions, aiming to increase public and industry confidence in tidal turbine technologies by providing a wide range of environmental impact and performance information, as well as demonstrating a new, reliable turbine design


This report presents the conclusions of the ME8 Antifouling Systems for Tidal Energy Devices, focussing on 24 months of marine coating testing in the Fall of Warness, Orkney. It seeks to interpret the results of the coating testing presented elsewhere, attempts to contextualise and extrapolate the results with environmental data from the test site where available, and provides guidance on coating selection for marine tidal infrastructure. Attempts are made to predict the longevity of biocidal coating efficacy based on coating thickness measurements before and after testing. Advice to aid coating selection is based on the efficacy of the different coatings tested in terms of their ability to prevent the formation of biofouling and their ability to resist mechanical damage. A decision tree style diagram is presented to aid coating selection and the rationale behind the decision steps is discussed. This report also provides an update of developments in coating technologies that have arisen since theproject started in 2010, together with an update of the legislation concerning the use of antifouling coatings in the marine environment. Finally, the current situation concerning marine renewable devices and marine alien non-native species is discussed together with predicted implications for the renewable energy industry in terms of monitoring and mitigation
Associated Project(s) ETI-MA1001: Reliable Data Acquisition Platform for Tidal (ReDAPT)
Associated Dataset(s) EDC0000134: Tidal Energy Site Environmental Conditions Measured During the ReDAPT Tidal Project 2011-2014
Associated Publication(s)

ReDAPT - 3D Modelling of Channel Flow in the Fall of Warness - Presentation at OEE Dublin 2015

ReDAPT - Antifouling Systems for Tidal Energy Devices - Presentation at OEE Dublin 2015

ReDAPT - Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Simulations of a Full-Scale Tidal Stream Turbine: MD1.4 Comparison Between Large-Eddy Simulations and Field Measurements

ReDAPT - Development of a CFD Model of the TGL Turbine at the EMEC Site - Presentation at OEE Dublin 2015

ReDAPT - DNV GL - The New Standard for Tidal Turbines - Presentation at OEE Dublin 2015

ReDAPT - Executive Summary MD1.1 Marine Current Turbine CFD Simulation Part 1

ReDAPT - Executive Summary MD1.2 Marine Current Turbine CFD Simulation Part 2

ReDAPT - First Year of Operation Report

ReDAPT - Full-Scale Validation Study of Tidal Bladed - Presentation at OEE Dublin 2015

ReDAPT - Horizontal Axis Tidal Turbines

ReDAPT - Initial Operation Power Curve

ReDAPT - Interim Report: Turbulence Measurement and Characterisation

ReDAPT - Learning from the ReDAPT Programme - Presentation

ReDAPT - MC 9.5: Recommendations for the Specification of Tidal Turbines

ReDAPT - MD1.3 3D Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Modelling of ReDAPT Tidal Turbine

ReDAPT - MD1.5 CFD Simulation of Turbulence at a Tidal Stream Site based on Field Measurements

ReDAPT - Method for Tidal Energy Conversion System CO2 Payback Calculation

ReDAPT - Modelling Sub Project and validation of engineering tools - Presentation at OEE Dublin 2015

ReDAPT Project Achievements

ReDAPT Project Dissemination Workshop OEE Conference - Dublin - Oct 2015

ReDAPT Project - Key Findings

ReDAPT - Recommendations for the Testing of Tidal Turbines

ReDAPT - ReDAPT Final report

ReDAPT - Reliable Data Acquisition Platform for Tidal (ReDAPT) Project: ME8.2 Final Experimental Design - Antifouling coatings

ReDAPT - Tidal Energy Site Characterisation at the Fall of Warness, EMEC, UK (MA1001 MD3.8)

ReDAPT - Turbine Deployments and Achievements in Operation - Presentation at OEE Dublin 2015