How the ocean power sector is taking off
On a recent weekday, a couple of hundred people sat in a large room at a nondescript office building in northern Newfoundland.
The room was packed with dozens of employees from around the world.
The workers all had different skills, from graphic design and video editing to product development and financial services.
They were working on the latest technologies for the sea, from the ocean’s surface to its depths.
The people were focused on what they were doing, and on how it was going to change the world of supply chain management and supply chain engineering.
The ocean power industry is an area where the supply chain can be changed for the better, said Chris Dolan, who is a co-founder and president of OceanPower Canada, a Canadian company that develops and manufactures ocean-powered power systems.
“You’re not going to see a lot of the ocean-going stuff,” he said.
The world is a lot more complex than we ever imagined.
The industry is still in its infancy.
Dolan said he thinks there’s going to be a lot less innovation in the ocean in the next 10 to 15 years than we see in the rest of the supply-chain space.
He’s hopeful that the industry can help drive a lot faster innovation and change the way we think about supply chains.
The key to change, he said, is to make sure the technology is used wisely.
“It’s very important to understand the economics of how much of your product you need to sell to make money, so that you have a lot at stake,” Dolan told CBC News.
“The key to making that happen is to design and build things that can be deployed quickly, that are cost-effective, that can get the job done, without any of the engineering and the logistics, that don’t require the people and infrastructure and the resources.”
For a lot to happen, Dolan says, you have to have a plan.
For example, you need a company to understand how the technology works.
You need a manufacturer to understand its economics.
And you need people to understand what they need to know about the business and what they want to know.
And those people are going to have to be connected.
Dyson says the key is to know the economics.
“There’s a lot we don’t know yet about how the ocean works,” he explained.
“We don’t understand the mechanics of it yet.
We don’t really know how much electricity there is.
He said a lot will depend on how well you can manage and manage a lot on the fly, and how well the supply chains work with each other. “
So the challenge for supply chain leaders is to create a strategy that takes the economics into account, so you can do the research to build a sustainable business that will get the best return on investment, which is going to create jobs, create economies of scale and provide economic security for our consumers.”
He said a lot will depend on how well you can manage and manage a lot on the fly, and how well the supply chains work with each other.
For the OceanPower project, the company built an ocean-focused software platform.
It had to be able to understand all of the different ocean cycles, how to make adjustments based on those cycles and how to deliver the right energy.
The team also had to develop a pipeline of devices to support the various ocean power systems it was developing.
Drones, drones, helicopters, ships and ships of all shapes and sizes were involved in the development of the technology.
“Our focus was on having a solution that would deliver the energy we need and the cost to customers,” said Dolan.
He said the team developed software to automate all the phases of the energy management process.
The software used the information it gathered about the supply cycle, and then built a system to connect it to the devices it was supposed to be controlling.
The devices could be drones or ships, but they all had to have sensors that would track the ocean currents, the weather, how the ships were moving and so on.
“What’s really important for us was that it was an open source platform, so anybody could build on it,” said Ryan Hensley, a software developer who was part of the team.
“At the end of the day, we built this software and the technology, and we could see what was working, and if there were any gaps we could fill in.”
It took six months of testing to build the platform, but the team has already deployed it in some of the world’s biggest ports.
It’s been used in a fleet of cruise ships, some of which are more than 1,000 kilometres long.
In fact, the platform is so small, it’s only about 10 metres wide, and is not connected to any other equipment.
“That’s what made it really useful for us,” said Hensie.
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