Aquatera was selected by Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) in early 2007 to complete a device-specific environmental impact assessment (EIA) for OPT's Powerbuoy. This was to support the proposed deployment of the device at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) wave energy test site at Billia Croo, off the west coast of Orkney. This included the completion of the environmental scoping information and an environmental statement (ES), which are obligatory for all developers planning to deploy at EMEC.
The aim of these documents is to identify any potential environmental impacts that are likely to arise from the deployment of the device in question. This allows EMEC and various statutory stakeholders to determine whether the device and its installation, operation and decommissioning requirements fall within the test site's acceptance criteria. The reports, therefore, play an integral role in securing a berth at EMEC by demonstrating the device's suitability for deployment. Aquatera successfully completed this project within a tight budget and schedule.
Subsequently, OPT commissioned Aquatera to undertake a technology-specific resource assessment and site selection study in order to help identify potential areas for future deployments of its Powerbuoy devices.