The Pathway: A program towards regulatory certainty for instream tidal energy projects

Pathway Snip for Website

A technology development program that actively engages project developer, regulators and supporting SME’s to define an approved monitoring solution that will:

  • Reduce time to regulatory approval for end-users
  • Reduce financial risk to achieve regulatory approval for end-users
  • Reduce cost of technology development for Canadian SME’s
  • Reduce OPEX via data automation
  • Be tested for reliability
  • Be approved by regulators


Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Expert – Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM)
Lead Investigator, Dr. David Barclay
Passive Acoustic Monitoring Report 
Passive Acoustic Monitoring Presentation

Subject Matter Expert - Imaging Sonar
Lead Investigator, Dr. James Joslin
Imaging Sonar Report
Imaging Sonar Presentation 

Subject Matter Expert - Echosounder
Lead Investigator, Dr. John Horne
Ehosounder Report
Echosounder Presentation 

Subject Matter Expert - Echosounders
North Highland College
Lead Investigator, Dr. Benjamin Williamson

Strategic and technical advice within The Pathway Program
Lead Investigator, Dr. Louise McGarry



Workshop #1 – Cabling and Platform
Marine Renewables Canada
Lead Investigator, Elisa Obermann
Workshop Summary Report 

Workshop #2 – Data Automation
Marine Renewables Canada
Lead Investigator, Elisa Obermann
Workshop Summary Report 

Workshop #3 - Pathway International Workshop / Webinar
The European Marine Energy Centre Ltd (EMEC)
Lead Investigator, Rob Flynn
Workshop Summary Report



Data Analysis Component of Comparative Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) technology assessment
Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE)
Lead Investigator, Dr. Dan Hasselman
FORCE - Final Report

Environmental Monitoring System Development
Sustainable Marine Energy (Canada) Ltd. (SMEC)
Lead Investigator, Jason Clarkson

Participation in the Pathway Program through Development of the Platform and Cabling Solution
Halagonia Tidal Energy Limited (DP Energy)
Lead Investigator, Sarah Thomas

Field Assessment of Multi-beam Sonar Performance in Surface Deployments
SOAR - Sustainable Oceans Applied Research Ltd
Lead Investigator, Greg Trowse

Improved Analysis of Harbour Porpoise Sounds
Oregon State University
Lead Investigator, Dr. David Mellinger

April 2019 – July 2021