Currently, the design process of a turbine, an array and associated infrastructure does not take into account the potential to enhance marine life (biodiversity), contribute to fisheries sustainability or aquaculture production. This process may have conservation value and may provide nursery areas for commercially relevant fish and shellfish, but there is a need to undertake research to assess the potential value of this process. In the longer term, this could contribute to the sustainability of local fishing opportunities. The use of offshore renewable sites for aquaculture has been explored in principle and through some limited trials, but there are likely to be significant logistical, biological and economic challenges to successful, commercial deployment. There is opposition to renewables developments that are perceived or in reality compromise fishing activity. Developing clear and demonstrable pathways to achieving these objectives could potentially help to streamline consenting and licencing processes and perhaps more importantly secure social license. There are potentially significant cost savings in this process.
Type of Entry: Innovation Area
Requires implementation offshore: Yes
Start TRL: TRL 2
Target TRL: TRL 5
Beneficiary: Owner Operators
Strategic Outcome: Enabling disruptive innovation
Forecast Start: 2022
Forecatest Finish: 2030
Potential to Reduce LCOE: Low
UK Benefit: Medium
Case for Intervention: Medium
HSE impact: High
LCOE Notes: This element wouldn’t drive LCOE down but could enable additional revenue generation. Successful design could boost fishing industry confidence to go back to fishing grounds.
UK Benefit - notes: Links to sustaining a strong commercial fishing industry