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College of the North Atlantic - Wave Energy Research Centre (WERC)

The Wave Energy Research Centre (WERC) was established in 2011 by College of the North Atlantic (CNA) to conduct research on the use of ocean wave energy to supply sea water to land based aquaculture.

The site in Lord's Cove, NL is fully instrumented for wave and weather data collection and contains a pilot land -based multi-trophic aquaculture farm. The research is being carried out by faculty and staff of Burin Campus of CNA under a grant funded by NSERC (Canada) and RDC (NL). The local fishing community through the Lord’s Cove Harbour Authority, the municipal government, and local and regional development agencies are active partners in the establishment of WERC and the research it carries out.

The Wave Energy Research Centre (WERC) occupies four buildings on the wharf in Lord's Cove and the site currently has six mooring sites within 1.5 km of the station that are permitted under the Canadian Navigable Waters Protection Act.

In addition to a weather station, wave data collection and device mooring sites, WERC also houses the pilot aquaculture farm, a lab and workshop space. The site is equipped with an emergency backup power supply sufficient to run the farm, data acquisition equipment and high speed data connections for on-site monitoring and control of equipment.

The wharf has paved road access and is within 100 km of major onshore construction facilities and the fabrication facilities and labs (including chemical, biological, materials evaluation and electronics) at the Burin campus of College of the North Atlantic.

Lord's Cove harbour can accommodate vessels up to about 15 m; larger vessels can be accommodated in nearby ports in St. Lawrence, Grand Bank and Marystown, as well as the French territory of St. Pierre and Miquelon. There is also a commercial 27 MW wind farm near St. Lawrence (30 km from Lord's Cove), indicating good potential for the study of wind-wave hybrid technologies.

 

 

For a printable brochure on the Aquaculture facility, click here.

For a printable brochure on the infrastructure and capacity, click here.

 

Ocean Technology Markets: Ocean Energy, Aquaculture