MTR 100: Battelle
Posted by Irina Tabakina
505 King Ave., Columbus, OH 43201
CEO/President: Jeffrey Wadsworth
GM: Fred Byus, RDML, USN (Ret.)
Sales Manager: Rich Granger
Number of Employees: 85
Annual Sales: $20 million
The Case: Battelle’s Maritime Systems group provides customized hardware development, engineering services, product manufacturing and support. It can bring purpose built solutions to the most difficult technology challenges in the maritime environment especially addressing submersibles, persistence, life cycle engineering and sensors.
At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts cutting-edge research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Battelle, the world’s largest independent research and development organization, is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1929, Battelle operates in three broad areas: National Security; Energy, Health and Environment; and Laboratory Management. It offers a full service line of products and system development to enhance the efficiency and affordability of maritime operations. It provides engineering solutions and systems for maritime and underwater applications. Its high-speed data communicators, oil spill detection and tracking systems, and autonomous sensor systems are just some of the maritime technologies that will help provide safe, accurate exploration and monitoring in harsh environments. A wholly owned subsidiary of Battelle, Bluefin Robotics, manufactures unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs).
• Submersibles: Battelle’s strengths are technology development and fielding customized systems. The company leverages extensive experience in engineering undersea vehicles and subcomponents to offer nearly limitless possibilities for undersea vehicles, including greater depth, larger battery size or any number of specialized reconfigurations. The advanced capabilities of our Proteus Dual-Mode Undersea Vehicle platform also enable increased autonomy and endurance for longer and more complex missions.
• Persistence: Battelle’s UUV Docking and Recharging Station (UDRS) keeps submersibles at depth longer and reduces turnaround time to extend underwater mission performance for safer, more efficient and more discreet operations.
• Life Cycle Engineering: Battelle aims to help keep costs down by providing technology refreshment throughout a system’s lifecycle and extending system maintenance cycles to maximize long-term investments and reduce total ownership cost of maritime technologies.
• Sensors: Battelle designs, manufactures, produces and distributes ocean sensors for a variety of commercial and military applications. Sensors such as Battelle’s Seaology pCO2monitoring system have been used by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) since 2009 to support its Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and measure CO2 in maritime environments.
Battelle-owned and –operated-facilities for maritime and subsea research are located at six primary locations and include a variety of testing capabilities, including:
• Columbus, OH—Research pool; pressure chambers to 30,000 psi; wet and spectroscopic analytical chemistry laboratories; shock, vibration and fatigue testing; electronics, electro-optics and software laboratories. Class 100 clean room. High energy testing (explosives and ballistics) at our High Energy Research Laboratory Area (HERLA)
• Duxbury, MA—Environmental monitoring, water quality, ultra-trace analytical chemistry laboratories; hydrocarbon forensics
• Quincy, MA—Test fixtures, testing tanks and specialized equipment
• Sequim, WA—Oceanographic modeling, marine toxicology, environmental monitoring; Class 100 clean room
• Daytona Beach, FL—Corrosion and coatings testing
• Dublin, OH—Specialized, low to medium volume, 65,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility
(As published in the July/Aug 2014 edition of Marine Technology Reporter - http://www.marinetechnologynews.com/Magazine)