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A Strategic Approach to Wave Energy Development – the West Coast Wave Initiative

Presenter: Brad Buckham, Phd, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Friday, Oct. 6: 12:30 to 1:45 pm

Dr. Brad Buckham is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria who specializes in the dynamics modeling of multi-body floating offshore structures.  He is presently the Director of the West Coast Wave Initiative (WCWI) - a collaborative research program investigating the potential for ocean wave energy to supply remote coastal communities and broader regions in Pacific Canada.  Dr. Buckham will summarize the latest worldwide  efforts to commercialize wave energy converter technologies, highlight the hurdles that technology developers face when trying to initiate community scale demonstrations and present the WCWI activities that seek to eliminate these struggles in the British Columbia context.  These activities include resource assessment via monitoring buoys and computational coastal wave models, computer simulation studies on the design and control of wave energy converters and the results of integration analyses that are revealing the economic rationale for incorporating wave energy converters into community electrical grids.  Dr. Buckham's research is funded by the Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and Natural Resources Canada.  Dr. Buckham works closely with a number of Canadian SMEs in the ocean technology sector and in 2009 was named an Entrepreneurial Fellow of the BC Innovation Council.

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