Innovators: Innovators

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SPEEDING SLOWLY TOWARDS EFFICIENCY ON THE HIGH SEAS

by wade on January 26, 2015

(St. John's, NL; 19 Jan. 2015) Large vessels that transport cargo, oil and other goods over large distances require a lot of fuel and to save time they move fast. However, Maritime transport within the EU faces challenges such as significant increases in transport volumes, growing environmental requirements and a shortage of seafarers. The concept of an autonomous ship would mean the unmanned vessels would move more slowly, be much more environmentally friendly and address the EU goals for reducing shipping related greenhouse gases. Read more.

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HARNESSING THE MOTION OF WAVES

by Admin on January 25, 2015

Having grown up in coastal Newfoundland,  Daniel Hoyles has seen, heard and felt first hand the power of the ocean. Now the ambitious Memorial University bachelor of commerce alumnus and chief operating officer of Grey Island Energy is developing a technology to harness the ocean’s immense wave energy to power everything from a house along the coast to a massive offshore oil rig. Read more.

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NEW APPLICATIONS FOR DOPPLER PROFILERS

by Admin on January 25, 2015

As more countries consider alternative, renewable sources for energy, the need for accurate methods to assess the impacts of these new technologies is growing.Dr. Len Zedel is the associate dean of Science (graduate and research) and a professor in Memorial University of Newfoundland's Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography.   Read more.

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REVERSE-ENGINEERING THE OCEAN

by Admin on January 14, 2015

A soft-spoken man with a ready wit and a love of practical science, Dr. Michael Graham is the son of an Anglican priest and a nun. The story of how this man with a PhD in the process of water movement in corn became the project lead for the Wave Energy Research Centre in Lord’s Cove is anything but a straight line. 
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SURFING THE ENVIRONMENTAL DATA WAVE

by Admin on December 11, 2014

There’s a look of satisfaction on Dan Brake’s face as he holds out his cell phone, “There’s so much technology in this thing. The technology in this would cost $100,000 fifteen years ago and now we carry it around in our pocket. It is a heck of a lot more than just a phone,” he says, grinning widely. As a long-time technology aficionado, Brake has surfed the digital wave around the world before returning to Newfoundland and Labrador to establish his own successful company.   Read more.