WEAM - Wave Energy Acoustic Monitoring

Wave energy prototypes characterisation

WEAM, Wave Energy Acoustic Monitoring, started in November 2007 with national funding of the Fundação de Ciência e Tecnologia (Science and Technology Foundation) and had a duration of three years. This project was coordinated by the  WavEC - Wave Energy Centre with the collaboration of CINTAL - Centro de Investigação Tecnológica do Algarve (Technological Investigation Centre).

The WEAM project aimed to study and develop an underwater noise monitoring plan in order to prevent and assess the impact of possible underwater noise caused by wave energy converters, especially on marine fauna.

Whilst noise generation by single Wave Energy Devices (WED) is expected to be small at an initial phase, the presence of a large number of converters in the same area (wave energy farm) working in an almost continuous way may cause eventually some environmental impact.

The development of a validated monitoring system, the characterization of up to three wave energy prototypes or farms of different technologies and the set-up of an acoustic monitoring plan were expected results of the project. The results were expected to guide the development of a more environmental friendly technology and to clarify limits for the number and density of wave energy devices in a wave farm.

General Information

Funding: Fundação de Ciência e Tecnologia (Science and Technology Foundation)
Team Coordinator: Sofia Patrício
Total Funding: € 180 000,00
WavEC Funding: € 78 636,00
Duration: 01 November 2007 - 30 April 2011 (36 months)
Coordinator: Wave Energy Centre
Other Partners: Centro de Investigação Tecnológica do Algarve (CINTAL/UAlg)
Website: http://www.siplab.fct.ualg.pt/proj/weam.shtml