ties. The Netherlands opened its first major offshore wind farm earlier this month and several similar projects are in the works for Britain, Germany and the United States. Spain, which along with Germany and Denmark, is among the three biggest producers of wind power in the 27-nation European Union, plans to triple the amount of energy it derives from renewable sources by 2020. (www.france24.com) Phoenix Recovers MH-60S Helicopter Phoenix International, Inc. recovered a U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopter from 3,780 ft. of water off the coast of San Diego. The helicopter was lost during routine exercises from USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Phoenix, the U.S. Navy's Supervisor of Salvage and Diving, prime contractor for underwater search and recovery operations, quickly responded to orders to mobilize equipment and crew to perform the recovery. Using the Navy's Deep Drone remotely operated vehicle (ROV), Phoenix first conducted a thorough video survey of the entire debris field, then located and retrieved the helicopter's flight data recorder. Deep Drone subsequently rigged and recovered pieces of the wreckage using various lift techniques appropriate to the size and weight of each piece being recovered. The Navy's 36 kip motion compensation system was used to safely accomplish the recovery of a 9,000 lb. assembly consisting of the helicopter's hub, gearbox, and engines. The successful operation consisted of 9 Deep Drone dives and a total of 81 hours spent working on the seafloor. The entire project was conducted aboard the USNS Sioux (T-ATF 171). www.phnx-international.com $150,000 grant to the Regional Technology Development Corp. (RTDC) of Cape Cod to develop an "innovation accelerator" -- a repeatable process for translating the world-class marine science and technology research from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Marine Biological Laboratory into job creation and business formation. The RTDC of Cape Cod is a recently established non-profit service based organization with the mission of assisting in the transfer of technology from regional institutions and the establishment of emerging companies so that they can become sustainable economic entities. The RTDC will focus on the creation of new companies in technology areas where the research institutions on Cape Cod have particular strengths and can leverage local geographic assets. In addition to marine sciences, efforts will eventually focus on alternative energy, environmental sciences, aquaculture and life sciences. According to RTDC CEO, Dr. Robert A. Curtis, "The Innovation Accelerator for news RTDC of Cape Cod Awarded John Adams Innovation Grant The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative's John Adams Innovation Institute announced the awarding of a www.seadiscovery.com Marine Technology Reporter 11
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