4. Potentials of offshore renewable energies

The research centre has been involved in the development of strategies and investigation of the impacts due to the construction of offshore wind parks. Operational monitoring of water levels, waves and scour depths in the vicinity of large piers have been carried out. Studies to investigate the cumulative effect of several wind parks on the German North Sea have been done. Decision Support Systems (DSS) for nowcasting and forecasting of water levels, waves and scour depths are currently under development for the North Sea coast. Data assimilation techniques in conjunction with neuronal networks have been used to improve model accuracy. The FTZ is also involved in the development of DSS for the selection of suitable sites and estimation of the effective power potential due tidal currents and waves in Indonesia.