Marine Energy Data Monitoring Pod Drops to the Scottish Seabed
Marine Energy Data Monitoring Pod Designed by Orkney.
Harnessing the energy in the world’s oceans will require some very well engineered technology that is capable of withstanding everything that mother nature can through at it. The ocean is not at all forgiving to weakness and to design what is needed engineers need access to reliable real time data.
In June of 2015 at the European Marine Energy Centers (EMEC) tidal energy test site at Fall of Warness, off the northern island of Eday, Orkney and special monitoring device was dropped to the sea bed. The device was an Integrated Monitoring Pod and it is claimed to be the world’s first cabled system enabling simultaneous real-time data flows from a variety of sensors within high energy marine environments.
The first of its kind pre-commercial prototype is connected to the shore via a subsea cable to facilitate 24/7 real-time data collection. Designed by EMEC to operate in high velocity tidal flows, the bespoke system integrates a variety of sensors to undertake comprehensive concurrent environmental measurements, providing improved characterisation of high energy marine environments.
The ongoing project is receiving funding from the Scottish Government via the Marine Renewables Commercialisation Fund (MRCF), which is managed by the Carbon Trust.
Established in 2003, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland, is the world’s first and leading test facility for wave and tidal energy converters.