Researchers from Department of Biosciences launch a buoy to measure wave energy

The scientists have launched a research buoy to measure the strength of waves four miles off St Govans Head in Pembrokeshire.

BuoyThe College of Engineering and Biosciences have been collaborating on marine renewable energy research for a number of years. As well as Engineering making extensive use of the Biosciences boat, RV Noctiluca, Dr Ian Horsfall has been working on the environmental impact of marine energy. This work has concentrated on improving site survey techniques using active acoustics and the potential impacts on fish and their predators.

The scientists have recently launched a research buoy to measure the strength of waves four miles off St Govans Head in Pembrokeshire.

The Directional Waverider buoy will measure wave height and direction in an initial year-long project to work out how much energy is stored in the waves off Wales.

Data collected will be used to inform decisions about whether it is feasible to convert this energy into renewable electrical power, via off-shore arrays.

Throughout the project duration, the public can also view the live buoy data online, through the Cefas WaveNet website.

Dr Ian Masters, Principal investigator said “The marine energy industry in Wales is really starting to take off. This research buoy will allow us to refine our oceanographic models of the area, to inform where the best sites are that can be used by technology to harness our wave energy resource.

“This work will also further contribute to The Crown Estate’s recently designated South Pembrokeshire Demonstration zone, as the primary deployment site in Wales for wave energy converters.”