AOE Joins with The University of Victoria and The West Coast Wave Initiative

From left: Bryson Robertson, Jim Matei, and Helen Bailey at West Coast Wave Initiative Centre at UVic.

This article originally appeared in West Shore Voice News March 18, 2016 (WSV Vol. 1 No. 20)

SAT MARCH 19 ~ VICTORIA: AOE Accumulated Ocean Energy of Sooke, BC is pleased to announce the joining with the University of Victoria and the West Coast Wave Initiative through the funding programs of the Natural Resources Canada; Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and Collaborative Research Development Canada.

“Since February 2013, AOE has diligently worked towards a design of an Ocean Wave Energy Conversion System (WEC) that will capture and withstand the power within our oceans. The design had to meet our mission statement of “No harm to any life in any manner”, says AOE Accumulated Ocean Energy’s CEO and CTO Jim Matei. [Photo taken at the West Coast Wave Initiative Centre at UVic, from left: Bryson Robertson, Jim Matei, Helen Bailey.]

While navigating the oceans of the world in some very extreme conditions, Matei grew a desire to harness that ocean energy and work towards a design of a Renewable Green Ocean Wave Energy Conversion system. While working with nature, keeping things simple and investigating many of the possibilities, Matei found the answer in using air compression and went on to write and acquire several patents. During a trip to Orkney, Scotland, where the Scottish government has been testing ocean energy devices since the 1980s, the AOE team studied the many ocean energy devices that had failed in both engineering and business design. With this insight, the AOE team was able to develop a successful engineering and business model for an Ocean Wave Energy Conversion (WEC) System and created the direction of AOE WEC development.

Working with the latest computer modeling systems, which have been created by doctoral graduates under the direction of Dr. Brad Buckham at the University of Victoria, Dr. Clayton Hiles and Dr. Scott Beatty of Victoria based Cascadia Coastal Research and along with Dr. Ryan Nicoll of Dynamic Systems Analysis provides the opportunity to use science to design, engineer and develop Ocean Wave Energy Systems capable of capturing the immense power of the ocean and increasing the survivability of the WEC systems.

An understanding of computer design and simulation was gained when Matei worked for many years with Caterpillar participating in the development of large mining equipment such a monster mining haul trucks. These trucks are first designed and built in a computer modeling system and then virtually run in the simulated environment. This computer modeling process allows a cost effective environment for development rather than the old school of wishful building something and hoping it works. Computer modeling used by Caterpillar allows the mining haul truck to perform to expectations within computer modeling and then once the design is achieved, it is then sent out to CNC machining, welding and tooling and the actual truck is then built and brought into reality for further testing. Once further testing has been completed in an actual mining environment, the haul truck is then sold into a commercial mining market.

This is the same program concept that AOE Accumulated Ocean Energy along with the University of Victoria / West Coast Wave Initiative and Victoria based mechanical and ocean engineering contractors have applied to achieve the science and design level of a system which is now moving one step closer to reality. The Canadian Government through the Natural Resources Canada funding programs has made it possible for Canadian companies such as AOE Accumulated Ocean Energy to lead the way to provide the world with ‘Clean Green Renewable Ocean Wave Energy’.

The lead proponent is the University of Victoria. The total project cost listed by Natural Resources Canada. “The 11.5 year hindcast of wave conditions, with 3-hour resolution, off the West Coast of Vancouver Island, has been shown to provide superior performance against all previous models and has generated interest internationally, federally and provincially,” says NRC.