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Autonomous Vehicle Operations

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Ocean Energy New England in Focus creating systems that are appropriate for distributed power in remote sites such as islands and remote communities that otherwise rely upon diesel power for electricity. Justin Normand of the

British Consulate General is bringing the lessons learned in the UK to secure a supply chain to support OSW to the

US, and showed a compelling graphic of the potential future for the US with the myriad renewable energy facilities in the UK, and noted that there have been many days recently where the country generated no power from coal. Bruce

Carlisle, of the Massachusetts Clean

Energy Center enforced that this indus- try is moving into the region quickly, opening of? ces in Boston, Providence,

Photo courtesy Maggie Merrill

New Bedford and beyond. “There will

L-R: Barry Logue, Scottish Development International; Lindsay be many opportunities for suppliers to

Bennet, FORCE; and Steve DeWitt, Water Power Technology Of- participate and jobs to ? ll”. ? ce DoE.

Tray Taylor, founder of Verdant Energy inspired all entrepreneurs to follow their dream and instincts and do something Orsted Wind and Nate Mayo from Vine- facets of offshore wind engineering and amazing. His company has installed yard Wind, Audra Parker from the Alli- operations. Ravi Paintal presented a several generations of tidal turbines in ance to Preserve Nantucket Sound, and rigid sail powered autonomous surface the East River in NYC. Marcus Gay of Amber Hewitt from the National Wild- vehicle that can be used to gather data in

Resolute Marine outlined their journey life Federation, participated in a lively and around wind, tidal turbines or other to harness wave power to pump water discussion of dos and don’ts of stake- structures offshore. Finally, Stephen ashore for desalination, providing clean holder engagement. Chris Sauer, CEO Conant of ANABARIC detailed their potable water - a valuable commodity of ORPC talked about their success at plans to “plug in” the major cable from globally. Lindsay Bennet, of the FORCE getting community support of their ? rst Vineyard Wind to the Brayton Point program in Canada, talked about their tidal energy project in Cobscook Bay, power grid, on the site of the former massive program, funded largely by the Maine. He said they had a place they Brayton Power Coal plant.

Canadian government to characterize thought was going to work the best for Offshore wind, wave and tidal energy the tidal resource in the Bay of Fundy their engineering and cost point of view, are all considered key sectors of the and work with world experts to test tur- but ? shermen protested because it was Blue Economy. Hugh Dunn of UMass bines at commercial scale. Many, many also a rich ? shing area. After much dis- Dartmouth gave an overview of the lessons have been learned there, prin- cussion, the ? shermen convinced ORPC project that Center for Policy Analysis cipally, that it takes a lot of collabora- to move the turbine to another area that at UMassD is working on to quantify the tion to harness tidal power in the Bay of had better current ? ow in an area where blue economy sectors, supply chain and

Fundy. they did not ? sh. It was a win- win. workforce, a study to be released this “When you are putting up a shed in The last panel, moderated by MRECos summer.

your back yard, said Steve Barrett of Executive Director John Miller scanned Renewable energy systems are taking

Barret Energy LLC you have to ask some of the key R&D assets being di- off. Solar, geothermal, traditional Hydro your neighbors for permission. If you rected toward offshore wind develop- and natural gas led the way, and offshore don’t and you put up a surprising struc- ment. Anthony Kirincich of the Woods wind is taking center stage here in the ture, they have the right to push back”. Hole Oceanographic Institution pre- US. Marine technology suppliers and

Similarly, if you are going to put wind sented his work to integrate state of the service providers have A LOT to offer; towers, tidal generators or wave devic- art ocean technologies to be adapted to survey systems, meteorological sys- es in the waters that are used by many, support offshore wind operations. Chris tems, autonomous site characterization all users of those waters need to be ap- Niezrecki of UMass Lowell talked about for monitoring and operations, making prised of the project. Sr. stakeholder en- a multiple university R & D collabora- the South Coast of New England the hub gagement of? cers, Stacey Tingley from tive, WINDSTAR which works on many for all this new activity. September 2019 14


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