Vattenfall has shortlisted projects for a € 3 million scientific research programme to understand the environmental impacts of offshore wind. Sixteen projects have been shortlisted from an extensive list of almost 100 original applications by a specialist scientific panel comprised of environmental agencies, scientists, AREG and representatives of Vattenfall.
It is expected that by the end of the year the scientific panel will advise on the successful projects. The European Union is providing up to half of the funding for the programme. The shortlisted projects span topics such as analysis of distribution and movement of different bird, mammal and fish species, to looking at the effect of offshore wind on the environment and societies, as well as studies focused on geology. Panel members include Vattenfall, Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, Marine Scotland Science, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, RSPB Scotland, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, and The Crown Estate.