ICOE 2016 | Charles Haynes, CTO of Mermaid Power Corp

Mermaid Power’s Neptune 3 is a grid compliant, near shore, direct drive point absorber WEC which uses a custom made generator to convert the maximum energy from the non-regular prime mover wave forces. It has 3 parts: a 12,000 kg outer framework; a 3,500 kg point absorber; and the PTO which includes a patented reciprocating to rotation motion converter which delivers power to the generator from for both the up and down strokes. It is specifically designed to capture vertical wave force data acting on the point absorber from two methods: spring movement and electrical output. This empirical vertical wave force data results in a new metric: kW/m^2 which opens opportunities to the wave energy industry as this metric enables us to be directly and fairly compared to solar, wind and turbine-tidal industries.

Biography: Charles Haynes has a B.A. (Honours) from SFU and a B.Sc. (Architecture) from UBC. He is an IP broker and entrepreneur. He is the director of several real estate holding companies in Vancouver. He has been actively involved in the renewable energy for over 30 years starting in solar energy heating. He holds a US Patent for Solar Energy Converter, a Canada Patent for Wave Energy Device and a PCT Patent for Tidal Compensator. He has been CTO of Mermaid Power Corp. since its inception in 2010 and has overseen the development and testing of the Neptune 1, 2 & 3.