The renewables sector must evolve to be able to meet market demand. Renewable energy research and development (R&D) is vital, whether it's ensuring accurate feasibility data to support billion-dollar investment or meeting the complex challenges of consenting/permitting.
We are active in R&D related to renewables, which has benefits throughout the development lifecycle - from improving baseline studies all the way through to supporting the construction stage.
Discover some of our recent projects below.
RPS Floating LIDAR buoys provide highly accurate data to inform offshore wind development. These innovative buoys offer world-leading measurement technology for uses such as site selection, yield optimisation, array engineering and workplace safety. They have recently celebrated a big milestone: collecting six years of data, with their comms systems yet to drop a single 10-minute transmission. What is more, transmission went uninterrupted even when two buoys in deep water took a direct hit from a typhoon!
Could the outcomes of recently published research on minke whales and their responses to Acoustic Deterrent Devices (ADDs) in Iceland help to improve processes around gaining consent for offshore wind farm development?
RPS recently participated in a research study by the Marine Conservation Research team. The learnings from this study will add to our understanding of strategies to protect marine mammals, with possible benefits for offshore wind development projects.
The UK Government in the Energy Challenge Energy Review Report 2006 set targets for achieving 20% of electricity coming from renewable resources by 2020, and it is estimated that wave and tidal stream energy has the potential to meet up to 20% of the UK’s current electricity demand. The META project test site will support these goals by acting as a stepping-stone to full scale device development and deployment.
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