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Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) infrastructure offers unique challenges in terms of biofouling management. The harsh operational conditions and high fouling pressure can result in rapid failure and loss of efficiency, whilst maintenance in these scenarios is difficult and expensive. The Centre for Marine Biofouling and Corrosion provides a complete biofouling management programme for your device(s) from design, technology selection and maintenance. This service helps to minimise and predict operational costs and maintenance.

Biofouling surveys

Benefit from understanding the effect(s) biofouling could have on your marine renewable energy infrastructure.

A rapid biofouling survey will provide you with device specific information describing growth rates, high risk components and systems; inform optimised antifouling measures and maintenance scheduling. The Centre has a strong track record of conducting biofouling surveys in high energy environments to enable our clients to make informed decisions about the most effective way of predicting and dealing with their biofouling challenges. 

Coating selection advice

Antifouling coating selection is one of the most important choices a Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) device operator can make to secure the long-term and trouble-free operation of their device. 

Selecting the correct coating system and coating maintenance programme for your device can prevent problematic biofouling and corrosion issues. Asset protection is particularly important in extreme high energy environments where device intervention is costly and challenging. 

The Centre works with a number of clients within the MRE industry and has an exceptional track record in antifouling technology screening for high energy environments. We can help decide what to test, how to test it, and how to keep your device in the water for longer, saving you time and money.

Niche area biofouling management

Antifouling coatings are not the only answer for biofouling prevention on Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) infrastructure. 

Most devices have niche areas, such as flooded internal spaces or critical components, e.g. heat exchangers or connectors and sensors, where conventional antifouling coating approaches simply won’t work. Failure of these areas or components, caused by blocking or obscuring by biofouling, can result in costly device recovery action being required and significant downtime.

The Centre works to ensure that before your device is deployed the critical areas are identified and adequately protected from biofouling issues. We have worked with a number of clients in the MRE sector and other industries to help to prevent niche critical component areas from failure due to biofouling.

Transporting and decommissioning of infrastructure

When transporting or decommissioning Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) infrastructure it is a legal requirement to be aware of environmentally threatening biofouling on the infrastructure. 

Guidelines for the removal of biofouling and for movements of marine infrastructure are in place to protect the marine environment from the trans-location of potentially harmful non-native marine organisms. Ensuring your device is free of potentially invasive non-native species before decommissioning and relocating the infrastructure is vital to protecting the marine environment.

The Centre provides specialist advice to support MRE device operators during the mobilisation  decommissioning phase to ensure that you can operate with confidence and demonstrate due diligence to third party stakeholders in terms of biofouling management.  

What our clients say:

..."PML Applications Ltd were an invaluable partner in our study of the effect of marine growth on our subsea connection systems in marine energy environments. From desk-top study and professional advice, through to design of the subsea trials, and then work offshore to evaluate and report on the recovered test rig."...
- Rob Wyatt, Product Manager - Siemens Subsea

..."PML Applications Ltd were responsive and reliable, delivering an excellent quality of technical work. They were able to address the unique aspects of this project and overcame many technical challenges, ensuring that they always delivered on time and within budget. "...
- Alexis Lambourne - Materials engineer - Rolls-Royce

..."We contacted PML Applications for expert assistance in a large international dispute....PML Applications’ support was a strong factor in achieving an outstanding success in the case. I would have no hesitation in turning to PML Applications again for expert assistance."...
- Bruce Gailey - Gailey Law

..."I would highly recommend the team for their flexibility, commitment to getting the job done and their ability to deliver on time and to cost"...
- Paul Chesman - Alstom

Get in touch

Dr Tom VanceDr Tom Vance
Business Development Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1752 633 412
thvaNOSPAM@pml.ac.uk