Oceanus recently published an article on Jim Partan and Keenan Ball’s On-Call Buoy, a technology designed to prevent marine mammal entanglement in fishing lines. Ball and Partan are working with the Office for Technology Transfer (OTT) to patent the “On-Call” buoy and OTT has filed a provisional application. Learn more about the need for this technology and its ongoing development on the Oceanus site
Several exciting startups are in the works at WHOI! The Office for Technology Transfer needs volunteers to lead these companies to commercial success. We seek product development professionals with commercial leadership experience in hardware, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, electronics, or ocean technology. If interested, please send a brief summary of your background- highlighting your industrial experience, field(s) of interest, and a résumé to email@example.com.
If you would like to also be considered for future opportunities, please register as a Tech Mentor/Champion here.
Check out the Cape Cod Times article on the WHOI OTT Shark Tank (Translational Research Fund) featuring Ropeless Lobster Fishing technology from Jim Partan and Keenan Ball.
WHOI announces the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 9,395,338 for self-regulating terrestrial turbine control through environmental sensing.
Wind energy is a widespread clean alternative to energy from fossil fuels. The increasing number of wind turbine installations highlights the need for comprehensive consistent environmental data, and the ability to instantaneously regulate the operation of wind turbines in response to immediate changes in environmental conditions from both external sources and the turbine itself.
The Multimodal Environmental Impact Monitor, or MIME, developed by engineers at The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, utilizes an all-in-one sensor package that measures flicker, acoustic noise, and vibration generated by wind turbines. Alone or in combination, data from these modalities may then be used to provide input for turbine control paradigms in order to optimize turbine operations and/or maximize energy production.
Turbine performance management as well as site and environmental impact assessments for wind turbine developments, are presently hampered by lack of available weather tolerant instrumentation and inadequate sensors. Thus, appropriate long-term time series assessments are not made, environmental and human health impact is not accurately determined, and output is not optimized.
“Current models for blade shadow flicker don’t take into account surrounding reflectors or structures, only topography and sun placement, and such estimates may be inaccurate,” says WHOI Senior Engineer & MIME Inventor Paul Fucile. Fucile also notes that measurement of turbine infrasound generation has become an area of interest in recent years – particularly because of its potential health effects on those living in close proximity – and is something that MIME measures with great accuracy.
Accurately determining the environmental impact and site suitability for new turbine installations allows for responsible planning and building and also allows developers to establish an accurate pre-installation baseline.
MIME is intended for permanent installation at turbine sites for persistent observation with the option for turbine control, or can be placed on a tripod for short-term studies of multiple sites. It’s designed for ease of use. “The goal is to provide something that is affordable and user-friendly,” says Fucile.
More information on MIME can be found under “Licensing Opportunities” here
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and U.S. Representative Bill Keating recently visited WHOI for a blue economy briefing and technology showcase. Two WHOI Tech Transfer Translational Research Fund awardees took part in the showcase: Ben Vay Mooy, Paul Fucile, and Glenn McDonald’s AutoBOD Real-Time Biological Oxygen Demand Sensor and Jim Partan and Keenan Ball’s Ropeless Fishing Technology.
Both groups had the opportunity to discuss their technologies with Governor Baker and Representative Keating.
To learn more about these and other WHOI technologies, please visit Licensing Opportunities
UPDATE- WHOI Looking for Startup Volunteers
We’ve received a great response from interested startup volunteers! Thank you to everyone that has expressed interest in working with the Office for Technology Transfer. We will be reviewing resumés over the coming weeks as we receive them. We would like to emphasize that at this time we are only looking for volunteers with industrial/commercial experience.
Particularly, we are seeking product development experts with specific experience in hardware, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, electronics, or ocean technology. If interested, please send a brief summary of your background- highlighting your industrial experience, field(s) of interest, and a resumé to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Several exciting startups are in the works at WHOI! The Office for Technology Transfer is looking for volunteer product development experts with specific experience in hardware, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, electronics, or ocean technology to lead newly forming WHOI companies. If interested, please send a brief summary of your background, field(s) of interest, and a resumé to email@example.com.
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Optical Communication Systems and Methods
Norm Farr, John Ware, Cliff Pontbriand
Patent No. 9,231,708
Marine Environment Antifouling System and Methods
Norm Farr, Cliff Pontbriand, Tim Peters
Patent No. 9,235,048
Cobalamin Acquisition Protein and Use Thereof
Mak Saito, Erin Bertrand
Patent No. 9,234,012
Optical Communication Systems and Methods
Norm Farr, Lee Freitag, Jim Preisag, Dana Yoerger, Sheri White, Alan Chave
Patent No. 9,294,201
For more information on these technologies, please visit the Licensing Opportunities page.