- Ocean/ Marine Services-Survey
- tidal energy industry
- sensor technology
Victoria BC V8Z 1C1
Rockland Scientific (RSI) designs and manufacturers high-accuracy instrumentation for oceanographic research , focussing on sensors and methods for turbulence measurements. Ocean turbulence is a key area of interest because it influences climate, greenhouse gas deposition and pollutant dispersal. The tidal energy industry has also identified turbulence as an significant factor in the commercial and technical viability of tidal power generation infrastructure.
In 2011, RSI formed a strategic partnership with JFE Advantech, a major oceanographic instrumentation manufacture in Japan. This agreement involves technology transfer, manufacturing licensing, distribution, and joint development of new sensor technology.
In February 2013, RSI formed a strategic partnership with Partrac, a marine data acquisition company specializing in oceanographic, environmental and geoscience surveys. Partrac will utilize RSI’s technology and expertise to provide turbulence measurement solutions for the UK and European tidal energy industry. As a result of this partnership, Rockland and Partrac are the first to offer an integrated approach to gathering marine turbulence data throughout the life cycle of tidal energy projects. Such information is useful to the optimization of turbine design, site selection and turbine layout assessment, and to an enhanced understanding of environmental impact. Partrac has begun offering this service to UK and European customers as of March 2013.
Rockland Scientific offers a wide range of turbulence measurement systems for operation in the upper ocean and down to 6000 m. The product lineup falls into three major categories: vertical profiling instruments; modular sensor packages for deployments on AUV, gliders and other autonomous platforms; and customized measurement solutions for science, engineering, and security applications.
The vertical profilers come in a variety of sizes that can be deployed in a range of environments, from lakes and coastal zones to deep ocean areas. The flag-ship profiler is the VMP-6000 profiler, a completely autonomous profiling robot that can can prove turbulence levels in the deep ocean down to depths of 6000 m.
The modular MicroRider system is successfully deployed and used on AUV platforms such as Hydroid’s Remus 100, 600 and 6000 AUVs and other platforms such as the Teledyne Webb Slocum Glider. The most recent application of the MicroRider is the integration with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography WireWalker platform, which makes it possible to conduct repeated turbulence measurement profiles autonomously for many weeks.