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Accounting for biofouling through established protocols of quantification

Duration: 1.5 year

Project description

The effects and magnitude of biofouling on marine renewable energies (MRE) systems are largely unknown and represent a challenge to the sector in the design and maintenance phases likely to impact the final technology Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE).
The ABIOP project, bringing together expertise in marine biology, marine metrology and structural design, ultimately aims to provide reliable input data required for engineering. An in-depth synthesis of current knowledge on the nature of biofouling on different French maritime facades and the means to characterize and monitor it will be initially carried out.
A critical analysis of this synthesis, accompanied by complementary development, will allow the proposal of a variety of characterization protocols and biofouling monitoring methods adapted to different MRE technology sites. Observation and quantification methods based on image analysis of newly developed measurement technologies, algorithms and statistical processing will be tested on four easily accessible and previously equipped pilot sites on the French Atlantic and Mediterranean maritime facades.


  • To develop an in-depth synthesis of the knowledge on the nature of biofouling on the various French maritime facades, and the means to characterize and monitor it.
  • To develop methods for characterization and quantification of biofouling to render reliable the necessary input data for the design and maintenance of MRE systems.


Coordination: France Energies Marines
Scientific and technical management: Université de Nantes

ABIOP project partners

This work received state support managed by the National Research Agency under the Investments for the Future Program (ANR-10-IEED-0006-21). It is one of the winners of the 2016 "Renewable Marine Energies" call for projects launched as part of the "Institutes for Energy Transition" action of the Future Investment Programme.
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10/12/2018 - Innovative work and promising results