Luiz Faria, OERA and Dan Hasselman, Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE)
The Pathway Program is a technology development and testing program focused on identifying approved environmental monitoring solutions for ocean energy projects. It is a coordinated and focused partnership between industry, academia and regulators. Monitoring and reporting fish and marine mammal interactions with ocean-based devices is essential and approved monitoring solutions are critical to advancing the tidal energy industry.
Canada's existing strengths in ocean instrumentation, data analytics and science support innovation. As a result of this program, Canadian suppliers will have new technology to sell globally to the tidal energy, offshore wind, and other sectors of the ocean economy.
Prior investments in research and marine monitoring in the Bay of Fundy means this program benefits from existing expertise and hands-on experience. Project developers and regulators are actively engaged in the program, which will help to:
- reduce time to regulatory approval for end-users
- lower financial risk to achieve regulatory approval for end-users
- lessen the cost of technology development for Canadian SME’s
- reduce operating expenditures via data automation
- test for reliability
- attain regulatory confidence
The OERA webinar series is hosted in Zoom.