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Offshore Wind – A Brief History

really taking off in many states with many project developers and committed financial support.”  When this work started, he noted, uncertainty dominated.  “Now it’s happening,” he said, referencing, for example, the huge increases in site valuations.  “In Massachusetts,” Norton point out, “recent BOEM wind energy area lease bids jumped to $135 million, up from $42 million a few years earlier and just $1.5 million in an earlier round of bidding.”Another critical Strategy outcome: the National Research and Development Consortium, currently comprised

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UMass Dartmouth to Host Renewable Energy Conference

UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to host renewable energy conference on May 23. Massachusetts Clean Energy Center-sponsored event will bring together experts in offshore wind, wave, and tidal energy.On May 23, at 10 a.m., the UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is hosting the second Annual Marine Renewable Energy Conference entitled Pioneering Ocean Energy Innovation in New England: Wind and Water at 151 Martine Street in Fall River.The event, co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, will gather experts in offshore wind, wave, and

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VA Offshore Wind: A Strong Foundation

wind work is through research projects, funded by a mix of federal, state and private-sector dollars.  For example, in 2017, the US Department of Energy (DOE) established the National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium.  Virginia joined the Consortium this January, along with Maryland and Massachusetts.  The Consortium includes established wind energy companies, e.g., Deepwater Wind, Shell and Orsted, as well as the Carbon Trust, the Renewables Consulting Group and DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  Critically, the Consortium has money - $41 million funded over

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Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation

2002 and now, there have been advances. “I may have had a mobile phone back then, it maybe worked in Europe, and, if it did, it was really expensive and I didn’t use it,” says Manley, who is founder at Just Innovation, and who has worked in the field of unmanned marine vehicles at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Liquid Robotics and Teledyne Benthos. “Now, anywhere outside the U.S. my phone works.” The miniaturization and affordability of satellite data telemetry and positioning have driven advances in his world. “Crazy ideas we had in 2002, for unmanned surface

GEOTRACES carousel deployment showing Cortland cable. Image: Cortland

Case Study: Cables in Underwater Missions

diverse. Projects can include seismic surveys, marine life studies and pollution tracking. The cables are manufactured differently from general industrial versions, hand-build for often unique purposes. Notably, Cortland has worked with the School of Marine Science and Technology at the University of Massachusetts to produce a specially designed electrical coaxial cable to conduct a census of Atlantic sea scallops, and with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to decrease deployment infrastructure and costs for tsunami warning buoys. Both projects needed cables which were not commercially

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EOM Offshore Acquires Ocean Tech Services

, EOM Offshore’s mooring solutions technology development and Ocean Tech Services’ offshore operations capability provide a solution for customers requiring data collection in the harsh marine environment."With a focus on the growing US offshore renewable energy industry, here in Massachusetts and along both coasts of the US, [Stephen O’Malley] and the team at Ocean Tech provide the expertise and knowledge that we need to grow EOM into the next phase of our evolution as a premier marine technology solutions company," said Dr. David Aubrey, CEO EOM Offshore Inc."Since

An artist’s depiction of LRAUV under sea ice. Using photo-chemical sensors, the robot scans the density of a billowing cloud of oil coming from an ocean floor well. The red and yellow objects are parts of a communication system consisting of antennas suspended under ice from a buoy installed on top of the ice.  Graphic by ADAC.

LRAUV: Arctic Oil-Spill-Mapping Robot Put to the Test

and receive data from the control vessel and check its location using cellular connection. After several hours, LRAUV had scanned successfully the whole area and transmitted the data to shore for analysis.What’s Next?LRAUV is currently being prepared for transport to WHOI in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, where the next test will take place. Researchers will process the navigation performance data from the test and will tune the navigation algorithms according to the results. Then the team will make three communication buoys and will test them with the robot under ice. The team is targeting to

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Europeans Sweep Record US Offshore Wind Auction

A U.S. government auction for three wind leases off the coast of Massachusetts ended on Friday with record-setting bids totaling more than $400 million from European energy giants including Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Equinor ASA.The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced the sale's three winners - Equinor Wind US LLC, Mayflower Wind Energy LLC, and Vineyard Wind LLC, at the conclusion of the two-day sale that attracted 11 bidders and lasted 32 rounds.Mayflower is a joint venture owned by Shell and EDP Renewables, a division of Portugal's EDP. Vineyard Wind is a joint venture between

 A U.S. government auction for three wind leases off the coast of Massachusetts ended on Friday with record-setting bids totaling more than $400 million from European energy giants including Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Equinor ASA.. Photo: 
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BOEM "Blown Away" by Record U.S. Offshore Wind Auction

 A U.S. government auction for three wind leases off the coast of Massachusetts ended on Friday with record-setting bids totaling more than $400 million from European energy giants including Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Equinor ASA.The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced the sale's three winners - Equinor Wind US LLC, Mayflower Wind Energy LLC, and Vineyard Wind LLC, at the conclusion of the two-day sale that attracted 11 bidders and lasted 32 rounds.Mayflower is a joint venture owned by Shell and EDP Renewables, a division of Portugal's EDP. Vineyard Wind is a joint venture

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New Research on Gulf of Mexico Loop Current

Carolina State University)Project Team Affiliation: North Carolina State University in cooperation with Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education at Ensenada), Chevron, Florida State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and University of California – Santa CruzPassive Gulf of Mexico Loop Current Observations from HF Radar Across the Yucatan StraitThis project will procure, install, and operate high frequency radar systems to measure surface

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Nine US States Seek to Stop Atlantic Seismic Testing

; agenda to boost oil output for U.S. consumption and for exports, also went to ION GeoVentures, Spectrum Geo Inc and TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company.The companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.The other attorneys general are from Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia. They joined a suit by conservationists filed earlier this month by groups including the Coastal Conservation League, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Oceana.(Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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