Plans for an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) Powered by Renewable Energy Announced
The innovative fuel and emission reduction technology company Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) recently announced details of their Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). The company is yet to construct a prototype, but the The Aquarius USV has been described primarily as a cost-effective unmanned surface vessel (USV).
Technology from a number of EMP’s strategic partners will help towards building the USV’s marine computer systems and lightweight flexible marine solar panels. The Aquarius USV will be powered by a solar-electric hybrid marine power (HMP) solution which will be supported by EMP’s specially designed solar panel array. Backing up the solar panels, the on-board batteries will be able to be re-charged via ship or shore power using rapid battery re-charging technology.
Fitted with a number of unique sensors, the Aquarius USV’s data collection capacity will make it the ideal vessel for monitoring harbour pollution, oceanographic surveys, maritime park surveillance, coastal border patrols & marine data collection.
The Aquarius USV design project began in 2011 and EMP have scheduled operational tests of the USV’s prototype in 2015.
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Article by Jack Bartrop