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Marine Renewable Energy

As marine renewable energy (MRE) technologies progress from pilot to commercial-scale, it is increasingly important to reduce the time and costs associated with resource assessment, design, permitting, and operations. Reduction of installation and operational costs can be achieved through informed MRE device designs that consider the near- and far-field environment. Integral has extensive experience assessing the marine environment (e.g., currents, waves, sediments, acoustics, water quality, fisheries, benthic ecology) in regions of existing or potential future device installation. State-of-the-science modeling and measurement tools are employed and are essential for quantifying the relationships between the environment and device arrays so that energy production is maximized while environmental impacts are minimized.

Resource AssessmentsResource Assessments

Successful development of marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) and offshore wind energy relies on informed assessments of a site’s physical environment. Integral scientists conduct MHK and offshore wind assessment and optimization studies and provide training and tools for assessments of site-specific energy resources using measurements and models.

Environmental ImpactsEnvironmental Impacts

Installation of MHK and offshore wind devices can affect physical, geophysical, and biological environments. Integral characterizes and comprehensively quantifies potential influences of MHK and offshore wind devices and arrays on the physical and biological system resources using in situ and remote sensing instrumentation, analytical approaches, and numerical models.

Permitting and CompliancePermitting and Compliance

Integral scientists perform environmental data collection and analysis and informed modeling to provide assistance in permitting and regulatory guidance for offshore energy projects. The group works collaboratively with agencies and stakeholders to develop cost-efficient and streamlined approaches to assess every component of the regulatory processes set forth by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Technology DevelopmentTechnology Development

The energy output for wave energy conversion (WEC) and current energy converter (CEC) systems can be significantly increased through optimal siting and operational control strategies that incorporate real-time information on ambient conditions (e.g., waves, currents). Integral is developing, testing, and validating new wave and current measurement and modeling techniques to inform WEC and CEC siting and operations, thereby providing a means for WEC and CEC arrays to become viable energy resources.