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OceanTech Program 2023 
May 17-19
Zhejiang University
Zhoushan Campus
Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province
China
6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 2023 (AWTEC)
May 19-22, 2023
Zhoushan and Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province
China


OceanTech Program 2023

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OceanTech Program 2021 
May 19 - 21  
Zhejiang University
Zhoushan Campus
Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province
China
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Image: Nauticus Robotics Inc. / SpaceRef

Space robotics make a deep oceanic splash

- 100 former space engineers now working on marine robotics at Nauticus Robotics in Houston, USA

- U
sing what they learned at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to design, build, and refine the company’s signature robot, Aquanaut

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Image: Science Alert (Video Screen Capture)
Fun
Friday


First-of-Its-Kind Video Shows How Giant Squid Hunt Their Prey Deep in The Ocean

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Image: IEA-OES | KRISO / Offshore Energy

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The International Energy Agency’s Technology Collaboration Program on Ocean Energy Systems (IEA-OES) has published six interviews covering ocean projects for heating, cooling and power production

- Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)
- Sea Water Air Conditioning (SWAC)
- Sea Water Heat Pump (SWHP

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Image: Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine, Singapore (TCOMS) / Port Technology

Singapore recently opened its first ocean basin marine test facility at its national research and development center, the Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine, Singapore (TCOMS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS)
- 50 metres depth in the centre pit is currently one of the deepest in the world
- Equipped with wave and current generation systems, a towing carriage and a movable floor 

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Image: Facing the Ocean Life / weixin.qq.com

全球海洋OneArgo计划实施进展热点追踪(No.01)

 阿戈 直面海洋人生 2022-07-20 21:59 Posted on 浙江

中文

Hotspot Tracking of the Implementation Progress of the GlobalOcean OneArgo Plan (No.01)
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Note: RUSS E. DAVIS: 1941-2022
- 'A physical oceanographer and engineer, Davis’ development of the sounding oceanographic Lagrangian observer (SOLO) float freed ocean exploration from the limits of shipborne measurements that are inherently constrained by costs and the oceans’ own vastness, as well as the observational limits of satellites'
- 'The float he developed in the 1990s became the backbone of an international network known as "Argo"
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Image: Børge Bjørneklett  / Ocean Sun / Offshore Energy

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Ocean Sun and Sunneng Technology team up to construct China’s first offshore wind and floating solar hybrid project

-  0.5MWp offshore floating solar pilot connected to a wind turbine in Haiyang, off the coast of China’s Shandong Province

The project is fully funded by State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC), the world’s largest PV asset owner

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Image: altenergymag.com

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Latest Developments and Advances in Marine Energy

- 'The most favorable renewable energy is marine energy.  Marine energy refers to the energy found in waves, tides, and salinity gradients. Since approximately 71% of the earth is made up of water and contains approximately 332.5 million cubic miles of water [1], there is a high potential for energy in the ocean.'

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Image: DRASSM, Gedeon, Stanford University Fun Friday

Stanford University's OceanOneK humanoid ROV connects human’s sight and touch to the deep sea

- OceanOneK has a humanoid top half and a slimmer back half with eight multi-directional thrusters that allow careful maneuvering underwater

-  The robot’s haptic – or touch-based – feedback system and stereoscopic vision produced incredibly realistic sensations

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Image: INFOMAR Fun Friday

INFOMAR's 'Shipwrecks Viewer' for sites in Ireland's waters
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- INFOMAR's 3D models  Click here

- Global wreck database  Click here


Image: RWE / Offshore Energy

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RWE and SolarDuck team up to commercialize offshore floating solar starting with a pilot project in the North Sea

Collaboration agreement to develop the use of floating solar parks at sea

- RWE will invest in SolarDuck’s full-scale offshore 
pilot ‘Merganser’ with a nameplate capacity of 0.5 MWp in 2023

- Plans for integration with offshore wind farms

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Image: Oneka Technologies  (video capture) / YouTube

AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference | Fun Friday

Oneka Technologies is the grand prize winner of the 'Waves to Water' competition by the U.S. Department of Energy

- The prize aimed to propel the wave-powered desalination industry. Oneka Technologies develops devices that use exclusively the energy of the waves to sustainably turn seawater into drinking water

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Image: NEDO-IHI Corporation (video capture) / UNTV News & Rescue AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference | Fun Friday

Deep ocean turbine developed by NEDO - IHI Corporation is designed to offer steady renewable energy

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Images: Universidad Nacional de Colombia | CEMarin (the Center of Excellence in Marine Sciences) / Nortek
Colombia's Caribbean Islands prepare for the 2022 tropical cyclone season with computer modeling to better predict hurricane (typhoon) risk

- Utilizing field data collected by Nortek Acoustic Wave and Current (AWAC) profilers

- Dr Andrés Fernando Osorio Arias, professor at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Executive Director of CEMarin (the Center of Excellence in Marine Sciences):

- "We use these models to create reconstructions of hurricanes that have occurred in the past, and also to predict scenarios that have not yet occurred – synthetic scenarios of hurricanes.”

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Video - In Spanish with English subtitles

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Image: Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore / AP Several strategies for clearing river debris before it enters into the ocean

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Hexicon AB wins UK’s first ever 'Contracts for Difference' (CfD) auction for floating offshore wind for its TwinHub 32MW floating wind project in the Celtic Sea

- 15-year revenue support from UK Government for first floating offshore wind project in England and Wales

- A strike price of £87.30/MWh (2012 real prices) 

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Image: Decom Engineering  Decom Engineering's successful completion of two phases of an international workscope offshore in the Gulf of Thailand where its chop saws performed hundreds of cuts on piping of up to 16” diameter led to two more international decommissioning contracts:

- The UK Continental Shelf contract is a conductor recovery and removal project deployed topside on a vessel and Decom’s C1 Chopsaw is expected to complete eight cuts on behalf of a global offshore contractor

- Norwegian-headquartered subsea and offshore wind farm contractor Havfram have commissioned Decom to carry out cutting operations on a ROVCON connecter in water depths of up to 800m off the coast of west Africa.

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Fun Friday

 

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) announced the winners of its art competition organized for World Oceans Day 2022 in two categories, local and international

- International competition, open to everyone around the world over the age of sixteen

- Local competition, open to school children under the age of 16 in Jamaica

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Image (From the top): Richard Nattoo | Wanni Arachchige Damitha Nayananjani Monarawila | Thammy Gularte Dias / International Seabed Authority


Image: NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Fun Friday

'Sounds of the Sea' in Ocean Scientists' Music Project

- For the last 18 months, a scientist and his brother at NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration's) Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, USA, have been developing an online program that merges ocean color data with musical notes.

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Image/Screen Capture: Ocean Energy Systems / YouTube AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

"IEA-OES webinar: Offshore Aquaculture as a Market for Ocean Renewable Energy"

Ocean Energy Systems (OES) is the short name for the Technology Collaboration Programme on Ocean Energy, an intergovernmental collaboration between countries, founded in 2001, which operates under a framework established by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris.
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- Additional Ocean Energy Systems webinars:
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Image: Olivier Dugornay / IFREMER / Argo program / IEEE Spectrum Ocean-Engineering / Robots / Climate Change

The Argo program, run by an international consortium involving 30 nations, is planning to grow from 4,000 to 4,700 more capable "floats" in the quest for greater understanding of the complex interactions between the earth's oceans and atmosphere producing our climate


- An in-depth interview with cochair of the Argo steering committee, Susan Wijffels, senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA

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Image: HydroSurv 
Successful project demonstrated USV real time and environment operations inspecting
the Valorous Floating Offshore Wind (FLOW) Project in the Celtic Sea


HydroSurv Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV) manufacturer collaborated with Sonardyne to demonstrate the benefits of USV platforms in providing rapid environmental assessments offshore

Objective was to demonstrate integrated capability using a HydroSurv USV fitted with Sonardyne’s Mini-Ranger 2 Ultra-Short Base Line (USBL) positioning system

-  The collaboration team streamed a live, online demonstration to Blue Gem Wind, Simply Blue Group and Offshore Wind Consultants  audiences in multiple locations, harvesting data straight to a cloud portal and showing near real-time seabed data to desk capability

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Image: SubCom / gCaptain
Construction contract set for the Southeast Asia–Middle East–Western Europe 6 (SEA-ME-WE 6), a 16,898+ kilometer (10,500+ mile) submarine telecommunications cable connecting Singapore with France via Egypt and the Horn of Africa
- SubCom awarded the $600 million contract that will include branching units to 11 countries 
- The cable is expected to enter service first quarter 2025
- The contract was awarded as part of the Partnership for Global Infrastructure (PGII)
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Image: Shanghai Electric AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

Shanghai Electric produces its first EW8.X-230 offshore wind turbine generator designed for China's medium-low wind speeds just above the sea surface typically encountered off the Chinese shoreline

- Designed for an average annual wind speed of 7.5 metres per second


100-meter carbon fiber blades

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Image: SEA-KIT

SEA-KIT unveils new H-class USV for ocean survey - a new USV design that focuses on hydrography and environmental data collection

- Retractable gondola and dual sensor deployment options
- 12m and 15m variants
- 12m version transportable in a standard shipping container
- Both variants can be davit launched

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Image: Maritime Robotics AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

Argeo AS is the first operator of an uncrewed surface vehicle (USV) built on the Mariner X, Maritime Robotics' new multi-purpose USV platform

- The Argus USV will do advanced mapping and inspection services using robotics and autonomous ocean space technology for offshore and energy projects in water depths from 2–200 meters

- Argus USV offers a stable, low-emission hybrid platform equipped with state-of-the-art navigation, supervision, and hydrographic and geophysical technology

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Images: Zhejiang University
Fun Friday

First "International Competition on Modern Bamboo Structure Building Design" yields 71 design works in total with the registrations from over 200 student teams in more than 50 universities 
- The competition was organized by
- Zhejiang University - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute (ZJUI)
- Zhejiang University (Ninghai) Joint Research Center for Bio-based Materials and Carbon Neutral Development
- China Wood Protection Industry Association

- The Engineered Bamboo Structures Task Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
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Image: Ocean News & Technology Sounder USV from Kongsberg Maritime becomes first Uncrewed Surface Vehicle in Peruvian Fishing Company TASA's fleet

- Equipped with acoustic technology including two echosounders, a low frequency sonar and a CTD sensor
- "
Guardian del Mar" will gather information on the state of marine resources such as mackerel, horse mackerel and anchoveta and provide information on the location of schools, etc. for TASA's 48 vessel fleet with operating costs representing about 0.6% of an average fishing fleet vessel
- Eight meters length with a maximum speed of 12 knots

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Image: 2021 Voters Choice Award – Grand Prize: Fuad Azminuddin, Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST), Ocean Circulation Research Center, Busan / Teledyne Marine

Fun Friday

Teledyne Marine 2022 Photo / Data Contest

"Teledyne Marine is pleased to kick-off of our annual photo/data contest in which we invite customers to share photos of Teledyne Marine products in action in the office, lab, or field; or data samples collected using our products -- and we invite everyone to vote for their favorite submissions"

- The Contest Ends on August 31, 2022

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 - 2021 Contest Winners Video

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Image: DNV Fun Friday

When and how will hydrogen scale toward 2050?

- “Hydrogen is essential to decarbonize sectors that cannot be electrified, like aviation, maritime, and high-heat manufacturing and should therefore be prioritized for these sectors,” said Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO of DNV
- Summary and download link for the complete report "Hydrogen Forecast to 2050"

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Image: Avikus / gCaptain

Image: PorMare / The Maritime Executive
New standards for autonomous navigation and operations recently set by two transoceanic voyages in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans - though human intervention was required for both journeys

- Avikus, a subsidiary of HD Hyundai, announced the successful voyage of the LNG carrier Prism Courage from Freeport, Texas to South Korea’s Boryeong LNG Terminal, via the Panama Canal. The 33-day voyage covered roughly 10,800 nautical miles, half of which was navigated autonomously using Avikus’ HiNAS 2.0 technology
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- The "Mayflower" Autonomous Ship arrived in Halifax, Canada on June 5 completing its historic Atlantic crossing and becoming the largest uncrewed craft to complete the Atlantic crossing
- Voyage estimated at 3,490 miles in 40 days with an unplanned two-week layover in the Azores after they detected mechanical failures. After tests and refueling, the voyage resumed
- “intermittent, low-level failures,” prompted the decision to divert to Canada and end the voyage with a tow into Halifax
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Image: CorPower Ocean / Offshore Energy AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

CorPack and C4 Unveil event of the CorPower C4 Wave Energy Converter and the CorPack wave clusters – our building blocks for wave energy farms

-The new full-scale CorPower C4 device will ultimately form part of a four-system wave energy array, located off the coast of Aguçadoura, Portugal, creating one of the world’s first grid-connected wave farms

- "Patrik Möller, CorPower Ocean’s CEO, said: “After a decade of development efforts, we are thrilled to unveil the CorPower C4 and the CorPack – our first commercial scale products."

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CorPack and C4 Unveil event
- When: 2022-06-15 at 13.00 CET
- Where: Online event, broadcasted from the SPACE Arena in Stockholm, Sweden
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Image: The Renewables Consulting Group (RCG) AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

Global offshore wind development capacity grew 89% in 2021, nearly doubling, according to new research conducted by The Renewables Consulting Group (RCG)

- More than 200 GW of new offshore wind projects were announced in both established markets, such as the United Kingdom and Netherlands, and new markets, such as Italy and Australia

- Brazil is now the global leader with over 97 GW, all in development

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Image: Sci Data 9275 (2022) Fun Friday

"The International Bathymetric Chart of the Southern Ocean Version 2 (IBCSO v2)"

- New datasets initiated a second version of IBCSO (IBCSO v2). This version extends to 50°S (covering approximately 2.4 times the area of seafloor of the previous version)

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Image: Clark Little / AP Fun Friday / AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

Photographer Clark Little, native of Oahu’s North Shore in Hawaii, has spent the last 15 years documenting shorebreak waves, the monster swells that roll in from the Pacific and crash directly onto the sand, unobstructed by reefs or shallow water

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Image: Hydro International "Development of Digital Bathymetric Models from Hydroacoustic and Photogrammetric Data"

- A method for fusing data acquired using unmanned surface vehicle (USV) and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) measurement platforms to develop a digital bathymetric model

- The case analyzed concerns shallow water and ultra-shallow water up to the boundary with the shoreline

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Image: Elaine Maslin / Marine Technology News
Introducing four of the newest commercially available Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs)
- Exhibited at Oceanology International in London earlier this year:

HII Hydroid REMUS 300

Kongsberg HUGIN Edge

Seaber YUCO

Teledyne Gavia SeaRaptor


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Image:  China State Shipbuilding Corporation / offshoreWIND.biz AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

'Fuyao', China's largest floating wind turbine mounting a 6.2 MW typhoon-resistant wind turbine with a rotor diameter of 152 meters developed by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) subsidiary Haizhuang Wind Power, was recently towed to its designated demonstration location 12.8 kilometers west of the Xuwen County, south of Guangdong Province

- The floating platform is 72 meters long with a draught of 33 meters, and a width of 80 meters
- The tower is 78 meters tall with the center height of the hub at 96 meters

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Images: Southern Ocean Laboratory / The Maritime Executive

World's first "Drone Carrier" recently launched by China's CSSC Huangpu Wenchong, a research ship purpose-built for carrying and deploying unmanned aircraft, surface vessels and submersibles


- The  Zhuhaiyun, or Zhuhai Cloud is 88.5 meters long and 14 meters wide, with a draft of 3.7 meters and displacement of about 2,000 metric tons. 

- It can be controlled remotely and autonomously in open waters and is designed for speeds of up to 18 knots, equivalent to about 33 kilometers an hour

- Chen Dake, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and director of Southern Marine Science and Engineering Guangdong Laboratory, which owns the vessel: "The vessel is not only an unprecedented precision tool at the frontier of marine science, but also a platform for marine disaster prevention and mitigation, seabed precision mapping, marine environment monitoring, and maritime search and rescue"

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Image: Minesto / Renewable Energy Magazine

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Minesto's Dragon 4 tidal power plant in Vestmanna, Faroe Islands successfully completes first week of commissioning

- "The large-scale build-out plan sets out a stepwise installation of tidal kite arrays, each with 20-40 MW installed capacity, at four verified locations

- "With a total capacity of 120 MW tidal energy, generating an estimated 350 GWh per year, the arrays would supply 40% of the Faroe Islands’ growing electricity consumption"


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Images: Ocean Infinity / Marine Technology News (top and bottom) / Splash 247 (center)

Fun Friday

Ocean Infinity, based in Houston USA, unveiled its first optionally crewed, low emission Armada 78-meter robotic ship

- First of eight 78 meter remotely controlled green ammonia powered ships

Six 85 meter and nine 21- and 36-meter ships are also being constructed and fitted out to yield a projected robotic fleet of 23 vessels

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Image: CHCNAV / GPS World Fun Friday

CHC Navigation (CHCNAV) has launched the i73+ pocket-sized GNSS receiver
- Powered by 624 GNSS channels
- The i73+ delivers 3-cm accuracy at up to 30º pole tilt, increasing point measurement efficiency by 20% and stakeout by 30%
- Weighs only 0.73 kg including battery

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Image: CNBC AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

“World’s first rapid testing facility for tidal turbine blades" officially opened in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh

- USD $5.64 million facility that can test tidal turbine blades under strenuous conditions
- FastBlade facility would use a 75 metric ton reaction frame that was able to apply “powerful forces on turbine blades more than 50 feet long.”
- FastBlade is a partnership between aerospace firm Babcock International and the University of Edinburgh backed by a grant of USD $2,261,450 from the United Kingdom government


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Image: TouchWind / offshoreWIND.biz AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), the Japan based global maritime transportation group, and, Netherlands based TouchWind recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop TouchWind’s floating wind turbine with a tilting angled one-piece rotor

- TouchWind claims considerable potential savings with its unique design
- MOL recently signed MOUs with Seawind Ocean Technology, also a floating wind turbine developer based in the Netherlands, and with Bombora Wave Power, a wave energy developer based in the United Kingdom

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Image: HK Electric AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

Hong Kong SAR China moves forward on an HK Electric proposed 150 MW offshore wind farm with environmental permit approval 

- The proposed 600 hectares site, located off Lamma Island about four kilometers away from the Lamma Power Station, has an average wind speed of about 7.1 meters per second

- Tendering is planned to start in 2024 and commissioning in 2027


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Image: Feritech Global
Feritech Global to launch an adaptable survey device offering simultaneous deployment of up to three geotechnical tools

- Sampling can be achieved using the two powered feed systems, coupled with any two of the following tools: Vibrocorer, Cone Penetration Testing equipment, push corer or rotary coring drill
- The Feritech heat flow system can also be deployed simultaneously
- "Greatly reduces the length of time needed to complete a site survey, especially in deep water.”
- Designed for use in "specific areas of geotechnical surveying, such as for cable routes and pipelines"

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Image: Yuman Gao and Rui Jin / New Scientist Fun Friday / Robotics / Navigation


Trajectory planning system for collision-free flight of drone swarms

- Zhejiang University researchers designed a trajectory planning method that processes data from onboard sensors and incorporates collision avoidance, flight efficiency, and swarm coordination to optimize swarm flying within a few milliseconds
- Inspired by how flocks of birds can flexibly coordinate their collective flight paths
- Demonstrated in a bamboo forest

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Image: Innvotek / Offshore Engineer AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

Winds of Robotic Change: It can work continuously, it doesn’t get cold, doesn’t need tea breaks.”

- Robots evolving to solve the challenges of utility scale offshore wind farms

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Image: MIT News AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

Using machine learning along with data from wave tank experiments, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineers developed an updated model of breaking waves 

The new model should:
- help hone the design of offshore structures
- improve predictions for how the ocean interacts with the atmosphere
- Researchers from Aix-Marseille University, Kyoto University, University of Geneva and Delft University of Technology participated in the study


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Image: John Curran / Technology Record

Clearbot Neo, a recently developed robotic Uncrewed Surface Vehicle (USV) utilizing a Microsoft Azure cloud based Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform, is designed to scoop floating rubbish from designated sections of harbours, canals and