3. Geographic Information System


   The Integrated Power Technology Corporation™ proposes deploying a fleet of Turbofoil® equipped vessels configured with a parasail. Here we evaluate candidate Geographic Information System Data Providers for their role in developing this application.

Geographic Information System Data


   Integrated Power Technology Corporation™ uncovered these resources for weather tracking and prediction with various services available on line.

Company Name

Technology Specifications

MeteoGroup Offshore MeteoGroup Offshore formerly Nowcasting provides market-leading metocean products and services through the application of innovative technology and operational planning tools. Their service called Nowcasting Pro6 is a user-friendly operational planning tool for delivering high resolution metocean forecast services. This essential tool is designed to provide quality forecast information to aid "waiting-on-weather" decision-making, increase safety and efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of offshore operations.
BMT Group BMT Group, a leading international design, engineering, science and risk management consultancy, formed in 1985 from the merger of the UK's British Ship Research Association and National Maritime Institute, has core strength in Specialist Vessel Design, Offshore Renewable Energy Vessels and especially Offshore Renewable Energy Projects including MetOcean and Navigation and managing a European Research UMV project.
Qingdao ENN Group Qingdao ENN Group's "Intelligent Energy" division may collaborate in building IPTC's patented SCADA System for Energy Extracting Vessel Navigation, integrating SCADA with GIS and vessel Velocity Performance Prediction (VPP) to inform operators how to convert ocean energy most profitably.

zyGrib zyGrib is a GRIB File Viewer for Weather data visualization, providing visualization of weather data from files in GRIB Format 1 including: Wind 10 m above surface; Wind gust; Temperature 2 m above surface; Temperature min and max 2 m above surface; Relative Humidity 2 m above surface; Total precipitation (mm/h); Total Cloud Cover (%); Data in altitude (925, 850, 700, 500, 300, 200 hPa) : geopotential altitude, wind, temperature, theta-e, relative humidity; sample Waves : height, direction, period, whitecap probability, for wind waves, swell, and for significant, maximum, primary, secondary waves; Sea current (not provided by the zyGrib's data server).
OpenSeaMap OpenSeaMap runs a free ENC website for Electronic Navigation Charting. Integrated Power Technology Corporation™ has used their Trip Planner ENC tool in analyzing Turbofoil® itineraries in conjunction with nowCOAST weather data to determine feasibility of operation and design.
GRIB.us GRIB.us offers the freeware application Ugrib that allows instant and fully customizable access to global weather data. Within one simple to use interface you can download and view weather data right on your desktop.
SevenCs GmbH SevenCs GmbH designs and develops market-leading ECDIS Kernel SDK EC2007, ENC Production Tools & ECS Software for: developing professional maritime chart display applications, digital nautical chart production, maintenance and management, and applications such as inland navigation, portable pilot units, and naval patrol boats.
Anemos Anemos exists as a commercial spin-off of various EU research and development activities today implementing wind power prediction software systems on a world-wide scale. This system is operated and further developed by a group of six project partners. The Anemos Group prides itself on predictions accurate to within 8% error for total power output and 100% availability over the past four years.
Overspeed GmbH & Co. KG Overspeed GmbH & Co. KG develops individually tailored software solutions in the areas: forecasting, SCADA, wind farm monitoring, and data assessment with more than 15 years of working experience in the sector of wind power prediction. Overspeed is responsible for the conception and implementation of the Anemos operational platform and guarantees round-the-clock operation and maintenance in Germany, Denmark, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Portugal and Australia.
Energy and Meteo Systems GmbH Energy and Meteo Systems GmbH provides VirtualPower Plant, a modularly designed software suite which effectively connects, coordinates and monitors decentralized power-generating sites, storage facilities and controllable loads via a common intelligent control center, and Previento, which is an operational system for predicting the power output of wind farms, allowing energy providers, power traders and grid operators to integrate the fluctuating input of wind energy into their daily business both economically and with technical efficiency.
Stiftung Offshore-Windenergie (Offshore Wind Energy Foundation) Stiftung Offshore-Windenergie (Offshore Wind Energy Foundation) provides extensive information on various aspects of the offshore wind energy in Germany. The website is run by the IWR, a renewable energy institute and the Stiftung Offshore-Windenergie (Foundation Offshore Wind Energy), commissioned by the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and is part of the project OffWEA. Central focus of the website is a project register which shall be regularly updated and which gives an overview of the status of realized offshore wind farms in Germany and those still in the planning stage.
Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding (MES), a major industrial company has proven success in not only shipbuilding but also major civic infrastructure projects such as Energy systems. Other fields MES pursues include: Environment, IT, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and logisitics technologies. Their extensive Shipbuilding Projects include: LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) Tankers, Bulk Carriers, Autonomous Vehicles, High Speed Vessels, and Ballast Water Management Systems. Integrated Power Technology Corporation™ assesses a TRL8 considering Mitsui and another Japanese conglomerate, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries researching Seawater Electrolysis, has most of the applicable subsystems comprising the complete solution already under development. The Turbofoil® Japan Patent, and other pending Japan patents held by Integrated Power Technology Corporation™ may bring exceptional value to the business strategy of both of these major conglomerates.

Integrated Power Technology Corporation™ assesses that integrating Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding's GIS into Integrated Power Technology Corporation™'s SCADA system will require about a year of engineering time.

Science Applications International Corporation Science Applications International Corporation products and fields of research include: scientific, engineering, and technology applications, Mil/Energy/Envir & UMV's, instrument landing systems, data package development and logistics, GIS.
Oceanweather inc. Oceanweather inc., weather data aggregator, has particularly specialized in marine surface conditions. One of their products, Oceanweather Display System, ODS is a display and analysis program used to view forecasts produced from Oceanweather's global and regional forecast models. It is primarily used by offshore operators who require dedicated marine forecasting support.
Garmin International Garmin International, the makers of BlueChart g2 Vision , High-resolution satellite imagery enhances chart depictions for superior situational awareness so you can navigate with a clear moving-map representation of your boat’s position.
OpenCPN OpenCPN is a free software ( GPLv2) project to create a concise chart plotter and navigation software, for use underway or as a planning tool. OpenCPN is developed by a team of active sailors using real world conditions for program testing and refinement. The most recent stable version, OpenCPN 3.0.2, a bug-fix release, was published on July 7th 2012.
Polar Navy LLC Polar Navy LLC , makes an ECS for planning or underway charting and navigation with S57/S63 vector chart, BSB raster chart support, built-in GRIB weather download service, and built-in tides and currents.
MaxSea MaxSea has developed an advanced Electronic Charting System (ECS) for private small operators, especially sailboats, and is particularaly looking at incorporating VPP into their MaxSea TimeZero ECS, a product designed for professional mariners (Super Yachts, Workboats, Racing boats), and comes with a standard connection to Furuno 2xx7 and NavNet 3D radars and FLIR M-Series thermal cameras.

Integrated Power Technology Corporation™ assesses MaxSea has the most advanced combination of GIS and rudimentary VPP on the market today, and a partnership with MaxSea would bring Integrated Power Technology Corporation™'s GIS/VPP efforts to a TRL 7.

Surrey Satellite Technology, Ltd. Surrey Satellite Technology, Ltd. runs the Sea Condition Data Sat/"Galileo"Global Nav Sat System (GNSS), Wavesentry Project TechDemo Sat-1 (TDS-1)
Founder International Co., Ltd. Founder International Co., Ltd. , A Z-Park Technology Partner, whom Integrated Power Technology Corporation™ met at the TechConnect CleanTech Conference and Showcase, June 21, 2012 Santa Clara, California, runs a Geospatial Information Sharing Service Platform and provides related services.
Deep C Consortium Deep C Consortium, The Earth System modeling GIS Wave component – The wave modeling component is based on WaveWatch III — a third-generation wave model that solves the random phase spectral action density balance equation for wavenumber-direction spectra. The role of wave-ocean coupling is to parameterize the wave-current interactions in the water column, to improve the parameterization of the surface and bottom shear stresses, and finally to improve the model predictions for the transported scalars. (The Earth System modeling research))
Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI), The world's premiere GIS company, holds a large convention in San Diego every July. Their Ocean GIS Initiative is likely very close to fulfilling a TRL9 for the Integrated Power Technology Corporation™ application.

Integrated Power Technology Corporation™ assesses that committing to an ESRI solution, while probably (prohibitively) expensive, will likely bring the highest quality GIS to market quickest, while locking Integrated Power Technology Corporation™ into ESRI's proprietary ArcGIS and ArcMarine environment.

National Oceanography Centre (NOC) National Oceanography Centre (NOC) undertakes integrated ocean research and technology development from the coast to the deep ocean. Working with other NERC research facilities, NOC provides long-term marine science capability including: major facilities; sustained ocean observing, mapping and survey; data management, and scientific advice.
MetOffice MetOffice supports the development of wind energy in the UK and Europe both on and offshore. Met Office has availed the SafeSee offshore wind industry planning tool.
ABP Marine Environmental Research Ltd. ABP Marine Environmental Research Ltd. has taken the existing UK Marine Renewable Energy Resources Atlas forward, and has now a product that is being made more accessible though a webGIS interface. The charts in the Atlas indicate the distribution of potential resource for the future deployment of renewable energy technologies – wind, wave and tidal. The project team was led by ABP Marine Environmental Research and included the providers of major marine data holdings (Met Office and Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory (POL)).

   Therefore, Integrated Power Technology Corporation™ can subscribe to one of the above services for its GIS data input into its SCADA system, or else it could go to the sources themselves, namely satellite operators such as NOAA or NASA as listed below:

Company Name

Technology Specifications

nowCOAST: GIS Mapping Portal to Real-Time Environmental Observations and NOAA Forecasts nowCOAST: GIS Mapping Portal to Real-Time Environmental Observations and NOAA Forecasts, nowCOAST is a GIS web mapping portal providing links to thousands of real-time coastal observations, NOAA forecasts, and NOAA weather data and products of interest to the marine community. The portal serves as a "one-stop shopping" web site to real-time coastal information for US coastal areas including the Great Lakes from a variety of Internet sites both within and outside of NOAA. nowCOAST is designed to be a planning aid to assist recreational and commercial mariners, coastal managers, HAZMAT responders, computer modelers, and marine educators to discover and display real-time information for their particular needs and geographic area of interest.
NOAA Office of Coast Survey NOAA Office of Coast Survey provides Nautical Charts compliant to ECDIS ECN standards including their Electronic Navigational Charts: NOAA ENC® and Raster Navigational Charts: NOAA RNC® data products. A new application potentially of value for the IPTC GIS development could be the NOAA OCS NOAA ENC® Direct to GIS application used for non-navigational purposes in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). In order for NOAA ENC® data to be used in GIS, the data must be translated from S-57 to a GIS-friendly format. The resulting data can be used for a variety of non-navigational purposes such as VPP and path cost/yield analysis that involve geospatial analyses.
NHC GIS Data and Products NHC GIS Data and Products, of the National Weather Service National Hurricane Center, their development of a platform which aggregates weather data. The NOAA Ocean Service's nowCOAST project provides real-time links to many of these GIS datasets via WMS.
NREL GIS The Dynamic Maps, Geographic Information System (GIS) Data and Analysis Tools website provides maps, data and tools for renewable energy resources that determine which energy technologies are viable solutions in domestic and international regions.
IOOS: The Integrated Ocean Observing System The complexities of the coastal environment and the inherent variability in regional ecology call for partnerships that not only cut across federal agencies but also reach out to regional managers, academia, industry, non-governmental organizations and the general public. The Regional Associations (RAs) of IOOS serve that function.
NASA Ocean Motion and surface currents High-frequency (HF) radar uses radio-wave backscatter to map surface currents over wide swaths of the coastal ocean.
ASCAT Ocean Wind Data near realtime ASCAT Ocean Wind Data near realtime, Described in this page are the data products derived from the Advanced Scatterometer (ASCAT) observations, which include: The ASCAT ocean surface winds are a 10 meter neutral stability wind. These products are processed by NOAA/NESDIS utilizing measurements from ASCAT aboard the EUMETSAT METOP satellite. The current geophysical model function (GMF) being used is CMOD5.5, where the GMF relates the normalized radar cross-section to the ocean surface wind speed and direction.
Surrey Satellite Technology, Ltd. Surrey Satellite Technology, Ltd. operates the Sea Condition Data Satellite "Galileo" Global Nav Sat System (GNSS), and the Wavesentry Project TechDemo Sat-1 (TDS-1)
NOAA OSPO NESDIS NOAA OSPO NESDIS, Office of Satellite and Product Operations; OSPO; National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service; NESDIS; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; NOAA, Department of Commerce; GOES; POES. Composite Satellite Imagery - Office of Satellite and Product Operations, specific to Satellites such as Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites POES.
NOAA NHC GIS Archive NOAA NHC GIS Archive provides hindcast data especially for tropical storms.
NOAA NWS Weather NOAA NWS Weather, a general weather service of the NOAA NWS, provides general weather information mostly over the continental United States.
NOAA NWS Marine Forecasts NOAA NWS Marine Forecasts predicts weather over North American coastal regions
NOAA 4 Kilometer Infrared - Central Pacific 4 Kilometer resolution Infrared - Central Pacific animated storm tracking forecast
GEOSS Community Portal The GEOSS Community Portal links one to a number of resources available from the Global Earth Observation System of Systems. Of special interest is their Energy Strategic Targets.
Energy Community of Practice Portal Energy Community of Practice Portal, The objective of the Energy Community of practice (ECP) is to support GEOSS outcomes related to the application of Earth Observation data for energies. The ECP supports many of the goals the Integrated Power Technology Corporation™ seeks, including: •Siting of power plants and facilities including environmental and sociological issues, Optimized design of power systems and facilities, Yield estimation and resource monitoring based on historic information, and •Yield forecast based on near real time weather and forecasting, amongst others.
EnerGEO The EnerGEO project aims to provide a versatile modelling platform that will enable planners, environmentalists and governments to calculate, forecast and monitor the environmental impact of changes in the energy mix on local, regional and global scales.
NOAA National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Satellite Data Services NOAA National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Satellite Data Services group handles, archives, and distributes satellite data from the following disciplines: POES/MetOp SEM - Energetic particle measurements at polar-orbit altitude, GOES SEM - Energetic particle, X-ray, & magnetic field measurements at geosynchronous altitude, GOES SXI - Solar X-ray Imager, DMSP -Space Weather data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program(DMSP) Spacecraft.
(GOES-E, METEOSAT-9), East Pacific (GOES-W) (GOES-E, METEOSAT-9), East Pacific (GOES-W) satellite data access.
NOAA / POES Space Environment Monitor NOAA / POES Space Environment Monitor, Limited relevance to wind and solar marine energy, but worth investigating more fully.
NOAA NGDC Technical Data Services NOAA NGDC Technical Data Services, a fairly comprehensive list of products offered by the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC).
NOAA NGDC On line Access NOAA NGDC On line Access, another list of products offered by the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), considerable maps for overlay of weather data, etc.
NOAA National Oceanic Data Center (NODC) Satellite Data Services NOAA National Oceanic Data Center (NODC) Satellite Data Services includes the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC) and the NOAA Central Library, which are integrated to provide access to the world's most comprehensive sources of marine environmental data and information. NODC maintains and updates a national ocean archive with environmental data including physical, biological and chemical measurements derived from in situ oceanographic observations (e.g. Hawaiian Island Water Temperature), satellite remote sensing of the oceans, and ocean model simulations.
Marine Geophysical Data Access Marine Geophysical Data Access, GEODAS (GEOphysical DAta System) is an interactive database management system developed by the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) for use in the assimilation, storage and retrieval of geophysical data. GEODAS software manages several types of data including marine trackline geophysical data.
Satellite Meteorology and Climatology Division Satellite Meteorology and Climatology Division, SMCD conducts research and develops new satellite products to improve and expand the use of satellite data for monitoring global meteorological, environmental and climatological conditions. The Division conducts an end-to-end program ranging from planning new satellite instruments to developing new satellite products and applications and transitioning these developments to operations in NOAA's weather, climate, and environmental monitoring and prediction systems.
NOAA IBTrACS NOAA IBTrACS, hindcast data on windspeed and pressure of tropical storms, formed the 30 year basis for the feasibility analysis of a Turbofoil® in Typhoon Alley.
Jet Propulsion Lab, Measuring Ocean Winds from Space Jet Propulsion Lab, Measuring Ocean Winds from Space, archives QuikScat and ADEOS-II historic wind measurements. JPL Ocean also publishes OSCAR (Ocean Surface Current Analysis Real-time) which contains near-surface ocean current estimates along with other near realtime measurements.


   Thus, Integrated Power Technology Corporation™ anticipates the data integration of GIS into the SCADA mainly an exercise in determining which data to present in which Human-Machine Interface (HMI) client application of the SCADA system, seeking highest visual quality while mindful of both time and monetary budget. The essence of this exercise lies in developing the best alogrithm for parsing data input into the Path Cost or Yield Analysis.


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