In recent years, a number of studies have been performed to assess the damages caused by biofouling, which is simply the attachment of organisms to a surface in contact with water for a period of time. This explanation sounds fairly straightforward, but there are several organisms that cause biofouling, many different types of affected surfaces, and therefore many solutions dealing with this problem. Regarding the marine renewable energy emerging and promising area of research, this paper aims to provide a review of the biofouling issue in the context of Marine Renewable Energy Converters (MRECs). The proposed review will specifically highlight biofouling impacts on MRECs and solutions to prevent fouling. In addition, a discussion will highlight challenges that MRECs market needs to undertake to overcome the biofouling problem.
Marine Renewable Energy Converters and Biofouling: A Review on Impacts and Prevention
Title: Marine Renewable Energy Converters and Biofouling: A Review on Impacts and Prevention
September 15, 2015
Conference Name: EWTEC
Conference Location: Nantes, France
Titah-Benbouzid, H.; Benbouzid, M. (2015). Marine Renewable Energy Converters and Biofouling: A Review on Impacts and Prevention. Paper Presented at the EWTEC, Nantes, France.