Offshore wind is coming to the west coast, and as with many topics on the internet, the rabbit hole of information can feel endless. But if you want one source of information to call on for offshore wind questions, we highly recommend the SEER website: Synthesis of Environmental Effects Research.
It is a joint collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (a mouthful!), and has webinar series, research briefs and research recommendations.
The research briefs are digestible for the educated public and cover these topics:
To join the next webinar of this series on July 6th, please register here. It is titled Recent Advances in Autonomous Environmental Monitoring Technologies to Support Offshore Wind Energy Development.
A collaboration to help meet growing demands for monitoring the ocean
In marine labs and technology start-ups around the world, innovative solutions are being developed that may never make it to the marketplace even if they offer a cost effective and high-quality alternative to present ocean observing tools. The reason? It’s often beyond the capacity of technology developers to navigate a complex, expensive and logistically challenging set of requirements to prove new technologies in real-world ocean conditions and to collaborate with potential users and stakeholders. Often called the “valley of death,” moving from early prototype development through these proving grounds to ready a new technology for widespread deployment can require ships, co-location on ocean platforms, and the formation of collaborative teams, including potential users, to provide valuable expertise and guidance.
Launching in early 2023, Synchro is designed to guide technology innovators through the valley of death by providing a co-design collaborative process and ocean testbed to bring critical new capabilities to the marine technology industry and valuable data streams to the ocean observing community. Centered at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS) Synchro’s support comes from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Oceankind and Schmidt Marine Technology Partners, Synchro, and a partnership with the Hakai Institute. The first call for applicants to gain access to testing and evaluation facilities will begin in the Monterey Bay area and British Columbia.
Tech developers are encouraged to apply for the access and technical support to assess their systems in a variety of settings that the Synchro program offers, including:
Seawater pump fed laboratories
Coastal research vessels & boats
All marine tech concepts are welcome, whether the focus is on blue-sky discovery research tools or building a better, more efficient instrument set for ocean resource management and conservation. Synchro will work with successful applicants to build out operational and data lifecycle concepts that could connect their capabilities with the needs of scientists, managers, policy makers, and more.