COLLABORATIONS

 

In 2008, Instream developed a strategic relationship with BAE Systems, a global defense, aerospace and security company employing over 88,000 people worldwide. This strategic relationship resulted in a technology partnership agreement that enables Instream to leverage BAE Systems’ significant capabilities in hydrodynamics, maritime systems, information technology, system modelling and design. Design work with BAE Systems has led to a 71% increase in turbine efficiency.

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In 2012, Instream formed a long-term relationship with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), which resulted in a multi-year site use agreement for a hydrokinetic demonstration at the Roza Canal. Instream was the first to develop and install a spanning structure and turbine system in an operational canal, and was the first company to receive a multi-year facility-use agreement for a hydrokinetic power project with the USBR. This project has been in continuous operation since.

 
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In 2009/ 2010 Instream worked closely with BC Hydro, to develop and deploy an array of turbines a project at the Duncan Dam in B.C. BC Hydro provided access for the purposes of the project, and support services on a contract basis through Powertech Labs. This collaborative project with BC Hydro and BAE Systems enabled Instream to deploy the world’s first array of vertical axis hydrokinetic turbines in a dam outflow channel.

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Instream has worked with ITPE since 2014 on projects ranging from market assessment to engineering design projects. In 2015, a collaborative effort between Instream and ITPE received the EUREKA label for the design of a preferred floating platform concept. The project resulted in Instream’s second generation platform design for the deployment of its multi-turbine hydrokinetic system for coastal marine applications.

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Initial higher-capacity turbine design and optimization with the National Research Council, Canada’s leading resource for R&D and technology-based innovation.

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Ongoing research at the Roza Canal is being performed in collaboration with Sandia National Labs and has led to the ability accurately predict hydrokinetic impacts to canal ecosystems.

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Instream collaborated with University of Victoria to refine hydrodynamic models for multi-turbine platform designs.

 

Instream collaborated with UBC and University of Alberta to evaluate composite materials for core rotor designs to improve material costs and reduce turbine weight.

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