Production of Renewable Ocean Energy for Small non-grid Connected Applications took place November 2-3, 2016 in Portsmouth, NH. This event was done in in conjunction with the Marine Technology Society (MTS) and was a great success. John Miller gave a talk in a bar overlooking the river about ocean energy test facilities available in the Northeast. He spoke right after the crew from the University of New Hampshire presented their Living Bridge project which is scheduled to be installed on the Memorial Bridge which connects New Hampshire with Maine and runs over the Piscataqua River.
Over 50 people attended the tour and the talks the next day. It was a full agenda with lots of interaction between speakers and the audience. There is a lot of interest on the part of developers and government folks to keep tracking on small, non-grid connected applications for ocean energy devices. Speakers were given the option to submit their presentations for publication in an upcoming issue of the Marine Technology Journal.
Bourne Tidal Test Site (BTTS):
We have received all but the MA Department of Environmental Protection Chapter 91 permit and final approval from the US Army Corps of Engineers to install the BTTS. Originally, our plan was to install by Christmas, now that we must await final permits and our manufacturer, MassTank (Middleboro, MA), determined we needed to use heavier (more expensive) steel, we will likely install the structure in the March/April, 2017-time frame. Our installer, AGM Marine Contractors (Mashpee, MA) are ready and waiting to mobilize when needed.
FSI (Falmouth, MA) has offered to provide a current meter to enable real-time velocity and direction data.
We are pleased to have such highly qualified contractors and equipment manufacturers right here in the Commonwealth.
In anticipation of transmitting data from the test site we have connected with NERACOOS to host and post our data so that everyone can get access to it. We intend to be pushing out current speed and direction, ADCP data, and energy output. This data will be used by us for operations of the site, the developers who will want to know what the flow environment is during their testing period, the MA Pilots Association and others who frequent the Cape Cod Canal. When operational, NERACOOS will make this node available on their web site just as they do with all their other partner's data streams.