Companies building night-vision cameras, autonomous watercraft, and weather-resistant aerial drones were among the participants in a six-month program backed by Vineyard Wind and a Massachusetts startup incubator.
Three companies are preparing to market new ways to protect marine animals near offshore wind installations, thanks to support from the country’s first large-scale offshore wind farm and a Massachusetts-based climate technology incubator.
Companies building night-vision cameras, autonomous watercraft, and weather-resistant aerial drones all participated in the Offshore Wind Challenge. The six-month accelerator program provided an intensive education in offshore wind, technology mentorship, and access to building and testing facilities. The participants also received $35,000 to fund their work from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.
The result was three new products that industry insiders say offer promising solutions to protect whales and other marine mammals during offshore turbine construction and operations… READ MORE HERE.