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Triton Initiative

Triton Initiative

The Triton Initiative is funded by the DOE Water Power Technologies Office and operated by PNNL. Triton supports the development and testing of environmental monitoring technologies. Through Triton, PNNL scientists are working together with partners from industry, academia, and other national laboratories to develop next-generation environmental monitoring technologies and solutions in support of MHK technology.

Triton is based at PNNL's Marine Sciences Laboratory (MSL), where DOE Water Power Technologies Office project awardees have access to laboratory space, field testing venues, Triton staff, and infrastructure. This includes operation support from PNNL's scientific dive team, access to our 28-foot research vessel Strait Science, and a 23-ft. SAFE boat support vessel. Vessels are equipped with state-of-the-art sonar and survey equipment, as well as hydraulic davits and a 1,000-lb. research A-Frame.

MSL has all necessary permits to undertake specific work under the Triton Initiative and provides laboratory and electrical engineering facilities. The MSL's location provides easy access to in-water testing venues via a pier with a floating dock and boat ramp. Data can be relayed via a secured overwater wireless network or cabled back to the pier.

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Tethys Knowledge Base

Tethys Knowledge Base

As a new technology develops in an increasingly crowded sea, MHK and offshore wind developers must understand the impact of their operations on ocean environments and coastal communities. The ocean is a challenging place to study—particularly the wavy, windy, and high current areas favorable for ocean renewable energy production. As the research community, developers, and regulators slowly gain an understanding of environmental effects through their own individual studies, it's critical that this knowledge be organized, shared, and actively distributed to advance the industry as a whole.

The Tethys knowledge base supports both the DOE Water Power Technologies and Wind Power Technologies Offices to:

  • Facilitate the exchange of information and data on the environmental effects of wind and marine renewable energy technologies; and
  • To serve as a "commons" connecting the community of researchers, regulators, and industry members working on MHK and offshore wind.

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