BioFREE (Biofouling in Renewable Energy Environments)


Title: BioFREE (Biofouling in Renewable Energy Environments)
Date: March 1, 2019
15:00-16:30 UTC+00:00
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Webinar #17 in the Annex IV Webinar Series
March 1, 2019 at 15:00 UTC (7:00 am PT / 10:00 am ET / 3:00 pm GMT)


The BioFREE (Biofouling in Renewable Energy Environments) project has commenced data collection from biofouling monitoring systems deployed across international marine renewable energy (MRE) test centres.  This webinar will  discuss current environmental research efforts in relation to tackling biofouling.


Presenters from European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), Heriot-Watt University-International Centre for Island Technology, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Whitford Ltd will focus discussion on both micro- and macrofouling as well as industry perspectives on antifouling and anticorrosion coatings available:


  • International WaTERS network, Caitlin Long, Consents and Project Officer, European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)
  • Overview of fouling, Dr. Joanne Porter, Associate Professor, Heriot-Watt University
  • BioFREE project and macrofouling, Dr. Andrew Want, Research Associate, Heriot-Watt University 
  • Coatings research and microfouling, Dr. George Bonheyo, Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Industrial perspectives on antifouling and anticorrosion coatings, Gareth Berry, EMEA Sector Specialist (Energy), Whitford Worldwide, Whitford Ltd.


A copy of the presentation can be found here.


A video recording of the webinar has been posted below:


Past Events in the Series

  • Fisheries Interactions with Marine Renewable Energy Development, Online, June 19, 2017 15:00-16:30 UTC+0000
  • Artificial Reefs and Benthic Changes in Relation to MRE, Online, April 25, 2017 15:00-16:30 UTC+0000
  • Recent Research of Interest to the MRE Industry, Online, January 18, 2017 16:00-17:30 UTC+0000
  • Role of Biofouling in Marine Renewable Energy Development Webinar, Online, July 12, 2016 15:00-16:30 UTC+0000
  • 2016 Annex IV State of the Science Webinar, Online, May 10, 2016 15:30-16:30 UTC+0000
  • Annex IV Workshop: Collision Risk for Marine Mammals and Tidal Turbines, Edinburgh, UK, February 22, 2016 8:00-17:30 UTC+0000
  • Adaptive Management in the Marine Renewable Energy Industry Webinar, Online, January 27, 2016 16:30-18:00 UTC+0000
  • The Effects of Electromagnetic Fields on Marine Animals Webinar, Online, May 7, 2015 16:00-17:30 UTC+0000
  • Effects of Energy Removal on Physical Systems Webinar, Online, February 3, 2015 16:00-17:30 UTC+0000
  • Tidal Energy Research in the Bay of Fundy Webinar, Online, October 27, 2014 16:30-18:00 UTC+0000
  • Instrumentation Workshop Webinar, Online, January 23, 2014 16:30-18:00 UTC+0000
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