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Alla Weinstein, CEO, Castle Wind, a joint venture with EnBW North America.

Offshore Wind: California's New Gold Rush

California Dreamin': In CA, offshore wind has unlimited potentialWhen it comes to States promoting renewable, non-fossil electricity generation, California surely leads the list, from utility-scale regional grids to individual rooftop solar panels.In fact, a December 2018 update from the California Energy Commission (CEC) estimates the state may already have exceeded an initial renewable generation goal of 33% by 2020.  CEC estimates that in 2018 that generation number was already 34%. You can note (below) that wind accounted for 29% of the almost 100,000 GWh of renewable electric generation

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's new Deputy Director & Vice President for Research Rick Murray (Photo: WHOI)

WHOI Names Murray Deputy Director & VP for Research

Oceanography Society, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Geophysical Union.Murray received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, and also graduated from the Sea Education Association’s program in Woods Hole. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, he was a post-doctoral scholar at the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island

Export Licensing: Tips U.S. Exporters Shouldn’t Overlook

stating the sale is being completed under “Ex Works” does not comply with this requirement. See Section 758.3(b) of the Export Administration Regulations for more details on this requirement.• Remember that help is available. BIS has counseling desks, located in Washington, DC and California, which are staffed Monday through Friday during business hours by BIS personnel. The Desks’ contact information is as follows:o Washington, DC: (202) 482-4811  o Irvine, CA: (949) 660-0144o Santa Clara, CA: (408) 998-8806You can also email your question to <ECDOEXS@bis.doc.gov>

Superheated hydrothermal fluid flows upwards from an underwater volcano 2000m below the Gulf of California, Mexico (Photo: Schmidt Ocean Institute)

Scientists Find New Hydrothermal Field

Scientists aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor recently discovered and explored a hydrothermal field at 2,000 meters depth in the Gulf of California where towering mineral structures serve as biological hotspots for life. These newly discovered geological formations feature upside down ‘mirror-like flanges’ that act as pooling sites for discharged fluids.While exploring hydrothermal vent and cold seep environments, Dr. Mandy Joye (University of Georgia), and her interdisciplinary research team discovered large venting mineral towers that reach up to 23 meters in

Photo: Schmidt Ocean Institute

A SmallSat AUV Network

and masters students are nearing their SmallSat launch day, after which North Sea AUVs will have taken a step toward being able to relay data to scientists onshore for long periods. Both SmallSats and AUVs will have hyperspectral cameras able to detect chemicals, metals, plankton or do survey work.The California-based Prof. Rajan is a senior scientist known for planning, executing and creating autonomous systems and robotics at NASA’s Ames Research Center. Prof. De Sousa leads an international network of AUV-keen scientists akin to NTNU’s. Both have highly evolved AUV labs. The three research

Image by Pacific Power Group

Scripps Adds New Research Vessel

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego has added to its fleet a fourth research vessel, which was constructed by Armstrong Marine. The research vessel Bob and Betty Beyster is expected to launch in mid-April for use in San Diego.Armstrong Marine of Port Angeles, Washington, designed the 42-foot aluminum hulled boat. Pacific Power Group, working closely with Armstrong, fit the vessel with a Volvo Penta IPS 650 propulsion system. This is the first time PPG has mated the IPS configuration with an aluminum hulled boat.“We took a lot of time with the Scripps

Photo courtesy of Armstrong Marine

R/V Bob and Betty Beyster: New CAT For Scripps

The Research Vessel Bob and Betty Beyster is a purpose-built coastal research vessel designed for efficient operations offshore Southern California and throughout the Channel Islands.  Based at the Scripps Nimitz Marine Facility and operated as a shared-use facility, Bob and Betty Beyster provides scientists, students and engineers a capable, safe and economical platform for research and teaching.R/V Bob and Betty Beyster is a 42-foot scientific workboat with a range of 500 nautical miles, a cruising speed better than 25 knots, and a capacity for six scientists and a boat operator. The vessel has

Marine Technology Reporter published a supplement to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oceanology International. Photo: MTR

Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation

. “This created the capability to perform deep-sea rescue operation and recover objects from the ocean floor.” The U.S. Office of Naval Research’s Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP) became famous at the time and the SEALAB II underwater habitat was in operation off the coast of California.At the same time, Loran-C was still being used for navigation – there was still plenty of room for improvement. “The Mallory Mercury cell batteries of the early 1970s were bigger than a 16-ounce can of soda, and heavy.  If they over-discharged, they split open and liquid mercury

Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind turbines. (Photo: Øyvind Gravås / Woldcam - Equinor)

Equinor Lines Up Floating Wind in S.Korea

first commercial floating offshore wind farm - Hywind - off Scotland, where its five turbines have total capacity of 30 MW.Floating turbines are considered the next step in conquering wind resources in deep coastal waters where fixed turbines cannot be built, such as Japanese waters or off the coast of California.Equinor on Thursday said it has submitted a bid to build an offshore wind park off New York using fixed-base turbines.(Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis; Editing by David Goodman

Walter Munk, 2017 (Photo: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego)

Walter Munk: 1917-2019

Walter Munk, who gave the Allies a strategic edge in World War II, helped nurture a university into existence, and became a living synonym for oceanography, died February 8 at his home in La Jolla, Calif. He was 101.As a geophysicist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, Munk made groundbreaking observations of waves, ocean temperature, tidal energy in the deep ocean, ocean acoustics and the rotation of the earth. As an advocate of science and broader scholarship, Munk served as an advisor to presidents and the Pentagon and conferred with public figures

Study: Sunflower Sea Star Population in Peril

The combination of ocean warming and an infectious wasting disease has devastated populations of large sunflower sea stars once abundant along the West Coast of North America, according to research by Cornell University and the University of California, Davis, in Science Advances.“At one time plentiful in nearshore waters, the sunflower sea stars right now cannot be found off the California coast and are rare into Alaska,” said Drew Harvell, Cornell professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, a co-lead author. “Numbers of the sea stars have stayed so low in the past three years

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