R&D UK Centre's expertise
Since 2015 the EDF R&D UK Centre has been investigating solutions for this problem, including an early warning system using drones. This month the project, which is being run with Cranfield University, and funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), has been bolstered by support from the UK Government’s Pathfinder programme.
Angus Bloomfield, Marine Biologist in the Natural Hazards team, said: “Any industry on the coast which uses seawater can find its operations complicated when seaweed or jellyfish blooms impact protective systems. They can damage machinery and even stop power generation, which could threaten stability of the electricity grid. An early warning system involving drones could allow industries in marine environments to act early and avoid the most dramatic effects these events can bring.”