Modify design of underwater turbines
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
There is the potential for marine and freshwater mammals to collide with renewable energy devices, such as underwater turbines (Wilson et al. 2006). Turbines may be modified to reduce the risk of mammal injury or death during a collision, for example, sharp edges could be reduced, or blades shielded. Using certain colours or lighting for underwater turbines may also increase their visibility to mammals.
Wilson, B. Batty, R. S., Daunt, F. & Carter, C. (2006) Collision risks between marine renewable energy devices and mammals, fish and diving birds. Report to the Scottish Executive. Scottish Association for Marine Science, Oban.