CIRIA Guidelines for the user of metocean data through the life cycle of marine renewable energy development

This CIRIA guide explains how to use metocean data in a marine renewable energy development.

Renewable energy at sea
Renewable energy at sea

Who wrote this?

CIRIA commissioned:

  • Bill Cooper BSc (Hons), ABP Marine Environmental Research Ltd
  • Dr Andrew Saulter, Met Office
  • Captain Peter Hodgetts, SeaRoc UK Ltd

The steering group was:

  • Professor Mike Cowling, The Crown Estate (Chair)
  • James Doyle,  E.ON
  • Robin Burnett, Scottish & Southern Energy
  • Mathilde Damsgaard, DONG Energy
  • Ed Frost, Renewable Energy Systems
  • Genie Webb, SeaRoc UK Ltd 

Funding came from:

  • The Crown Estate 
  • E.ON
  • Scottish & Southern Energy and
  • DONG Energy 

When?

It was first published in April 2008.

Why?

This is to provide a reference source and a route to existing relevant texts in the literature. 

Who should read this?

Anyone who is involved in developing a marine renewable energy development, and has to analyse metocean data, so project developers, engineers, marine surveyors, environmental consultants and other key stakeholders who will benefit from a wider appreciation of metocean issues.

Content

This 135-page book gives provides a helpful reference to inform project developers, civil engineers, marine surveyors, environmental consultants and other key stakeholders who will benefit from a wider appreciation of metocean issues. A good understanding of metocean (meteorological and oceanographic) data is crucial for marine renewable projects as it can be used to calculate the available resource for energy yield, the design requirements for survivability of the project and the strategy for maintenance and accessibility. The document includes a review of metocean data types, data sources and identifies the importance for good data management.

For more information and questions, please contact management@ice.org.uk.

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