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 will fund 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-turbine scheme.
The allocated €3million budget for dedicated scientific research is half funded by the European Union.
Panel members include 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.
In August 2016, the programme launched a call for expressions of interest, which received almost 100 responses. Throughout September and early October these applications were reviewed by the scientific panel. At the end of October all applicants were notified. Find out more about the shortlisted projects here.
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. The successful recipients thus far are:
This ground-breaking offshore wind research programme will provide a fascinating insight into the lives of bottlenose dolphins, salmon, sea trouts , sea birds and the communities around the wind farm. The diverse range of projects selected will be based at Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) off Aberdeen Bay.
Click on the organisations above to find out more about each research project.