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Featured Research: Engineering

PIs: Dr. Brian Polagye and Andy Stewart, University of Washington

Funding: U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Snohomish County Public Utility District and UW

PIs: Dr. Dominic Groulx,  and Nicholas Osborne, Dalhousie University

Funding: OERA

Expected Completion Date: April 2015

Leads: Dean Steinke, Dynamic Systems Analysis Ltd. and Dr. Rickey Dubay, University of New Brunswick

Funding: NSERC

Project Duration: July 1, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014

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FORCE has begun design and operational planning work on the FAST platform – a recoverable seabed mounted platform designed to advance our understanding of the FORCE site and the instrumentation required to measure it. FORCE struck a science advisory team to develop the platform’s initial research program and instru-mentation package, and announced the development of its first breakthrough technology – the Vectron – the first instrument to provide high-resolution, real time measurements of turbulent water flow at turbine hub height. The Vectron will be able to capture highly accurate measurements of turbulence at a specific height above the seafloor over long periods of time - critical to understanding turbine performance, and vastly improving developers’ odds of successful and efficient operation. This technology will also meet a need for more accurate, site-specific data at high flow sites worldwide.