Brian Braginton-Smith

Title: President/CEO
Company: Aquagen Infrastructure Systems, Inc.
Member Since: 01/16/2004

- Bio -

Born May 23, 1953 Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis, Massachusetts.

1990- Present: Founder, The Conservation Consortium, 1 Atlantic Avenue, South Yarmouth, MA 02664, Cape Cod, USA. TCC is a non-profit company dedicated to helping achieve a sustainable future through supporting innovative technology implementation. The company is engaged in the technical development and integration of equipment for alternative resource utilization specifically targeted for non-point source pollution mitigation for coastal zone locations. Ocean Ranch, an innovative concept for integrated offshore cage culture and renewable energy evolved into what became Cape Wind, LLC an ambitious project to develop 420 Megawatts of offshore wind energy in Nantucket sound. Current projects conceived and under development by Braginton-Smith include innovative infrastructure packages in onshore and ocean based renewable energy and sustainable yield aquaculture as well as advanced community cluster integrated wastewater collection, treatment, re-use systems for the conversion of wastewater streams to alternative water resources. Specific technical areas of interest include sustainable water systems, oceanography, marine biology and land and ocean based renewable energy systems.

Braginton-Smith is currently working on behalf of TCC with local municipalities and private developers on alternative resource utilization for sustainable development. Public education efforts underway include editorials and public access television programs on local alternative resource utilization. He has also produced and participated in over 60 local television programs "Cape Environmental Connection" series on issues and topics of local to international concern including non-sustainable fisheries practices, non-point source pollution and global warming. He is currently working with municipal officials in Barnstable, Fairhaven, Provincetown, Harwich, Kingston, Plymouth, New Bedford and Yarmouth, Massachusetts as well as Oswego County, New York to bring about sustainable community clusters. Current efforts involve working with federal and state agencies to help foster local sustainable infrastructure practices.

September 2003, acquired rights to Community Wind, LLC, Atlantic Wind, LLC and Oswego Community Wind. LLC from UPC Wind Partners. He maintains a limited interests in UPC Wind Partners. He is presently moving forward with South Coast Community Wind, LLC distributed wind energy development in Massachusetts and Upwind Energy Group, LLC on and offshore wind development in the Great Lakes region.

April 2000 to present. UPC Wind Management LLC, UPC Wind Partners, Vice President Project Development. Mr. Braginton-Smith was engaged in the development of wind energy projects in Massachusetts and New York. He was engaged in the development and implementation of an innovative distributed wind energy development plan that presents significant local benefits for developed areas with abundant wind energy resources such as coastal sites in Massachusetts and New York. UPC Wind Partners are involved in projects internationally and they are considered one of the most capable of the ten largest wind energy development companies in the world today. Mr. Braginton-Smith joined forces with UPC to acquire advanced technical knowledge in alternative energy.

October 1999- April 2000. Founder, Ocean Energy Systems, LLC. This company was engaged in the developmental phase for the design and deployment of offshore renewable energy systems in Nantucket Sound, which is now the Cape Wind project. This will result in an initiative for the development of viable offshore renewable energy resources for the region.

Recent accomplishments:
Published - Marine Technology Journal, Winter 2003 edition on ocean based renewable energy. "Offshore Wind Energy, Frontier Outposts for Sustainable Seas" Peer reviewed scientific publication for the marine technology sector. The publication covers a broad range of ocean based energy technologies and their relevance to our national and international maritime energy industries.

The location and pending installation of the largest wind turbine in the United States a GE 3.6 Megawatt turbine on the shore of Lake Ontario, in Oswego, New York in concert with GE Wind Energy, the Oswego Industrial Development Agency and the State University of New York Oswego. This project is intended to become a center piece for the establishment of a research center for offshore renewable energy for the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes are often overlooked as a national maritime resource, this must be changed.

Speaker/Participant:
National Academy of Science / Ocean Studies Board Symposium on offshore energy potential for the United States. March 19th 2003. The event was convened by the National Academy to investigate the need for an NAS study on the current technologies and resource opportunities for the United States in offshore renewable energy.

CZ 2001, Cleveland, Ohio, Summer 2001. Braginton-Smith participated on a panel discussing the issue of the non-point source pollution on Great Lakes and East coast environments resulting from the burning of fossil fuels and the need for Coastal Zone Managers to consider these issues in their pollution mitigation strategies.

Coastal Society Conference, Williamsburg, VA, July,1998. "Ocean Ranching" , Mr. Braginton-Smith was sponsored by NOAA, Office of Sustainable Development and Intergovernmental Affairs.

Ocean Community Conference "98" in November, Baltimore, MD, "Ocean Ranching" concept paper. The integration of open ocean aquaculture and artificial reef structure with ocean based renewable energy platforms for multidisciplinary deployment applications.

National Ocean Conference, Monterey, CA June 10-12, 1998. This was an invitation only conference sponsored by the White House, U.S. Navy and the Department of Commerce and NOAA to celebrate the international Year Of The Ocean (YOTO). The event was unique in that it included the President, Vice President, the First Lady, The Secretaries of Commerce, Environmental Protection, Transportation, and the Navy as well as members of Congress. The event focused upon the development of a National Ocean Policy with the future needs of our nation in mind. Initiatives put forth included the sustainable development of our continental shelf, creating sustainable yield fisheries, gaining a better understanding of the threat of global warming through ocean based monitoring and research and cleaning up our coastal regions through non-point source pollution mitigation.

National Science Foundation, Ocean Studies Board XXXVI Meeting, Woods Hole, MA July 1998. The meeting was convened to discuss topics of research and concern to the National Science Foundation and the Ocean Studies Board. Themes included global climate change issues and indicators, ocean based energy resource opportunities and a summary of the National Ocean Conference by Rear Admiral W.G. Ellis, Oceanographer of the Navy.

EPA, Nashua, NH Environmental Summit, March 1998. This was a conference sponsored by John Devillars, EPA Region 1 Administrator, as a focus session to discuss regional environmental problems and solutions. Vice President Gore, Secretary Browner and representatives from the Environmental Secretariats of the New England States met to identify common environmental issues and to sign a regional cooperative initiative to share regulatory approval of environmental technologies to encourage alternative technology development and to set a meaningful course for regional environmental efforts.

Ocean 1997 Halifax Nova Scotia: Braginton-Smith presented the concept of integrated energy and offshore aquaculture.

US-Japan Joint Taskforce on Offshore Aquaculture, 1997. Published a collaborative article on the integration of offshore aquaculture and offshore renewable energy with Professor Richard Messier of the University of Maine.

Mr. Braginton-Smith has been a member of the Marine Technology Society since 1997 and is presently on the Executive Committee of the New England Chapter, a member of the Cape and Island Renewable Energy Collaborative, the Policy Center for Marine Bioscience and Technology, Woods Hole, MA, the Buzzards Bay National Marine Life Center, an Associate member of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Cape Cod Technology Council, the Cape Cod Watershed Taskforce, Renewable Energy Committee, Barnstable County Economic Development Committee and a past contributor to the Clinton Administrations, President's Council on Sustainable Development.

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