Scientific research and monitoring programme

A €3million scientific research programme to understand the environmental impacts of offshore wind is currently being funded and facilitated at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).

Believed to be the largest research programme of its kind, and one which will put Scotland at the industry forefront of research and development, the programme funds in-depth scientific research and monitoring in a real-time environment.

A scientific panel, made up of specialists in the field, advised on the selection of research projects to receive funding to study the environment around the 11 wind turbine scheme.

Panel members included Vattenfall, Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, Marine Scotland Science, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, RSPB Scotland, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, and The Crown Estate.

Shortlisted candidates submitted their final bids at the end of November 2016 and they were evaluated by the scientific panel and Vattenfall personnel. In June 2017 the first four projects to receive funding were announced and are currently ongoing:

This ground-breaking offshore wind research programme provides a fascinating insight into the lives of bottlenose dolphins, salmon, sea trout, sea birds and the communities around the wind farm. The diverse range of projects selected are based at Vattenfall’s EOWDC off Aberdeen Bay.

Click on the organisations above to find out more about each research project. In addition, detailed information on the results of the projects can be found in the interim reports which are submitted following each yearly monitoring period.

Seagull flying over the sea

Active call for bird avoidance research proposals

Applications will be accepted from 1st November until 29th November 2018. The winning bidder is expected to be appointed in early 2019. We have an open call for proposals for research that will collect data on seabird flight patterns and behavioral responses within the EOWDC wind farm. The seabird species of particular focus as part of the monitoring programme will include northern gannet, black-legged kittiwake and large gulls such as great black-backed gull and herring gull.

The proposals should have a focus on assessing collision risk and avoidance rates of birds ‘commuting’ between breeding colonies and feeding grounds during the breeding season. The successful funding applicant will start their research from Spring 2019, with monitoring anticipated to last for between two and three years.

For more information on the tender and proposal requirements please click here. If you have any specific questions about this call for proposals please email us.

Please find the related press release here.

Last updated: 2018-11-01 09:42