As summarized in the Deliverable 2.1 (Vinagre et al., 2019)1, the Work Package 2 of the WESE project aims to collect, process, analyse and share the environmental data in three areas affected by different types of wave energy projects, i.e.: (1) oscillating water column device deployed offshore – MARMOK-A-5 developed by IDOM – in the Biscay Marine Energy Platform test site (BiMEP) located in Armintza (Spain); (2) oscillating wave surge converter deployed nearshore – WaveRoller developed by AWEnergy – in Peniche (Portugal); and (3) water turbine converter deployed onshore – Mutriku Wave Power Plant – in Mutriku (Spain).
The Deliverable 2.1 represented the first phase for the fulfilment of the objectives above, which is the planification of the monitoring plans for noise, electromagnetic fields (EMF) and seafloor integrity for the projects mentioned.
The Deliverables 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4 are focused on the results obtained from the monitoring plans executed for EMF, noise, and seafloor integrity, respectively. For the particular case of seafloor integrity, it should be noticed that, from the devices above, the Mutriku Wave Power Plant operates in a breakwater, on artificial substrata, whereas both MARMOK-A-5 and WaveRoller were installed on natural seafloor. Hence, the main aim of the present Deliverable is to describe the main findings of the environmental effects coming from the latter two devices mentioned.