Fabian Wolk, Rockland Scientific


Q: Please tell me something interesting about yourself?
I grew up behind a wall in West Berlin and enjoy going back for the parties. There’s no city like it.

Q: What drew you to the tidal energy industry?
At the core of tidal energy generation is the flow of water, which needs to be understood completely. Therefore, tidal energy is an interesting and important application of our turbulence sensor technology. Also, it is very satisfying to be able to contribute to clean energy generation.

Q: Why will tidal energy succeed in Nova Scotia, Canada and Internationally?
Because it is a logical extension of wind energy and the technology is advancing rapidly.

Q: If there was one thing you’d want people to understand about your research, what would it be?
The small things matter. It is important to understand the behavior of the flow at small scales, below 1m down to 1cm. and at high frequencies.  The turbulence at these scales affects the boundary layer of the rotor blades, causes vibrations and loading.

Q: What would your colleagues say will be the most interesting point from your presentation?
That instrumentation and methods are available to confidently measure flow turbulence over a wide range of spatial scales that affect tidal turbines.

Q: Why should someone attend your presentation?
To be informed on the state-of-the-art tidal flow measurements.