Vancouver's AXYS Technologies makes offshore wind power more viable

by Liam Britten

According to a recent study by the U.S. Department of the Interior, wind energy off the Atlantic coast of the U.S. could provide up to 25 per cent of America’s energy needs. This vast resource is virtually untapped, thanks in part to the massive bureaucratic and regulatory red tape that surrounds projects like these.

One aspect of the approval process for new wind generation is a common-sense study of the area — after all, there’s not much point in building a wind farm if there’s no wind, is there? Normally, this study is extremely expensive and time-consuming: a meteorological mast, costing $5–10 million and requiring a full season to build once regulatory approval is obtained, is the conventional way to do it.

But a Vancouver company, AXYS Technologies, has a better solution: they’ve designed a nautical buoy that contains all the data-collection instruments of a mast, and with a price of $1 million, their WindSentinel buoy is a significant savings when compared to conventional masts.

The first purchaser of the WindSentinel is Fishermen’s Energy, a wind farm developer that is currently exploring a new project off the coast of New Jersey. Fishermen’s will use the WindSentinel to collect all manner of data about their site, 12 miles off the shore near Atlantic City. Everything from wind speeds to avian activity will be recorded by the buoy.

“We are excited about working with AXYS Technologies and are very anxious to see the wind assessment data,” said Mike Madia, Chief Operating Officer of Fishermen’s Energy, in a press release.

For more info on AXYS, click here.

AXYS Technologies Inc.
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

AXYS Technologies Inc. (AXYS) is a Canadian company that designs, manufactures, deploys, and services remote environmental monitoring equipment. Marine products include moored buoys for routine weather, wave, and sea state forecasting, as well as specialized buoys for research and development of new sensors, power supplies, and other buoy components. Coupled with AXYS, Environment Canada built... more

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Liam Britten

Liam Britten

Liam Britten is a writer and editor with a journalism background operating out of Vancouver. In addition to his work at Techvibes, he has been published in student publications across Canada, as well as local newspapers such as The MapleRidge-Pitt Meadows TIMES and The Langley Advance. An aficionado for the finer things in life — such as video games and sports — Liam is plugged into the tech... more

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