Tim Acker speaks to Hydro Leader
BioSonics president and owner Tim Acker sat down with Hydro Leader to discuss hyrdoacoustics and how today’s sonar technology can be used to provide valuable underwater insights. From fisheries to dams and power plants, to research and marine energy projects, BioSonics provides invaluable and defensible scientific data that helps power the blue economy. Article starts on page 20 in the link.
Bio-triggered Smart Dam Helps Protect Blueback Herring
In mid-2022 a New York State Boralex Dam on the Mohawk River, near the town of Cohoes, NY installed a new fully automated monitoring system from BioSonics. Blueback herring pass through the dam during their annual outmigration, and the dam operator must provide safe passage. The new system features BioSonics’ DT-X Automated Monitoring System — an echo sounder that uses hydroacoustic sensors to detect the fish. The new 4th generation system automatically opens bypass gates to allow the herring’s passage. The un-manned system controls the amount of water spilled and can shut down power generation turbines if necessary for the fish to pass safely.
Massive New Climate Law Could Give Pacific Northwest Green Businesses a Boost
The passing of the Inflation Reduction Act (H.R.5376) is big news for marine energy research and development, and for the Pacific Northwest! The PNW is a hot spot for wave and tidal energy and home to many of those leading the way: C-Power, #PacWave, Pacific Marine Energy Center, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Sequim – and BioSonics!
We were excited to talk with Tom Banse of KUOW Public Radio on Tuesday – the day the bill was signed – about the benefits of the new Act, the upcoming deployment of the BioSonics Marine Life Observer alongside C-Power’s SeaRay wave energy device at the Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) in Hawaii, and the PNW’s important role in wave and tidal energy development.
Early Sonar Detection Helps Major Nuclear Power Plant Optimize Operations
Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant located on the Tennessee River near Athens, Alabama is the second largest nuclear power plant in the United States, producing 4,000 megawatts of electricity. The cooling water intakes can become clogged by large amounts of drifting vegetation and impact plant operations. A networked series of BioSonics DT-X Automated Monitoring Systems were installed in 2021 to monitor, track, and provide early warning of major drifting vegetation events, to facilitate mitigation efforts and avoid costly plant shutdowns.
The Triton Initiative
BioSonics’ Marine Life Observer will be used alongside the C-Power SeaRay marine energy device, as part of the U.S. Department of Energy Water Power Technologies Office’s Triton Initiative.
The New Omnidirectional Monitoring Sonar for Marine Energy Sites
BioSonics Omnidirectional Marine Life Observer is the first of its kind—providing 360 sound underwater insights using BioSonics’ unique mammal-friendly sonar.
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