EMEC Integrated Monitoring Pod with Rockland MicroRider (Photo/Courtesy of EMEC)
The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland, announced it has redeployed its bespoke Integrated Monitoring Pod within the last five days, newly outfitted with an advanced measuring capability, the MicroRider turbulence system.
The pod’s new addition is meant to improve the marine energy industry’s understanding of turbulence, according to EMEC. Analyzing project data will likely enable tidal energy developers to optimize design so that technologies can withstand the effects of strong tides and currents.
According to its Canada-based manufacturer, Rockland Scientific, a MicroRider is a small instrument package for turbulence microstructure measurements, designed to integrate with a variety of marine instrument carriers including seabed moorings, and vertically and horizontally oriented marine energy devices.
In a press release, EMEC said the sensor system combines standard flow measurement technology (acoustic and electro-magnetic) with novel non-acoustic measurement technology shear probes (microstructure velocity probes).
In 2013, the bespoke environmental monitoring pod was deployed at EMEC’s Fall of Warness tidal test site to collect data used to assess potential effects tidal turbines may have on wildlife. The project is part of the Energy Technologies Institute’s Reliable Data Acquisition Platform for Tidal (ReDAPT) project funded by an international consortium that includes: GL Garrad Hassan, the University of Edinburgh, EDF Energy and E.ON.
In 2014, HydroWorld.com reported EMEC was awarded a share of the US$23.3 million Scottish government’s Marine Renewables Commercialization Fund for use to further the development of an “integrated site characterization and measurement platform.”
EMEC said integration of the new instruments on the pod has been made possible thanks to the InSTREAM (In Situ Turbulence Replication Evaluation And Measurement) project, funded through a transatlantic partnership between the Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA), a Nova Scotian non-profit research group, and Innovate UK.
The InSTREAM project brings together UK-based FloWave, Ocean Array Systems and EMEC, and Canadian companies Dalhousie University and Black Rock Tidal Power.