Fugro EMU has been appointed to manage a network of wave buoys which has the potential to become Europe’s largest wave monitoring network, surpassing the U.K. Coastal Observatories Network, also managed by Fugro EMU.
DONG Energy has selected Fugro EMU, part of Fugro’s Renewable Services Group, to procure, deploy, service and manage a network of real-time metocean data acquisition systems in support of DONG Energy’s European offshore wind program. The buoys will be situated off the coasts of northeastern Europe and will collect hydrodynamic data until 2020.
Simon Shaw, Fugro EMU’s Managing Director, said, “The network could consist of up to 80 buoys over the next four years.”
For this project, Fugro EMU will deploy Fugro’s Seawatch MIDI 185 buoys. Suitable for measuring oceanographic and meteorological (metocean) parameters, these medium-sized, general-purpose monitoring buoys were first introduced in 2009. As tried and tested measurement systems, they have been deployed in at least 10 countries since then. They offer multi-parameter and multi-application real-time monitoring and their large solar array and battery capacity allow long-term unattended operation.
Fugro EMU has recently successfully deployed the first batch of buoys to support this expanding network and developed a state-of-the-art BuoyWatch system to monitor and quality check the numerous transmitted parameters.