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Ocean Power Technologies Pact with NEC Energy Solutions

The provider of ocean energy solutions Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) signed a letter of intent to enter into a long-term supply agreement with NEC Energy Solutions, global leader in utility scale energy storage.Under the terms of the supply agreement, NEC ES will supply lithium ion batteries for OPT's subsea battery solutions.George H. Kirby, President and Chief Executive Officer of OPT, said: "NEC is a supplier of lithium ion batteries for our subsea battery solutions. Their long-standing leadership in the industry, as well as their dedication towards providing versatile, high-quality

Maneuvering the Subsea Power Hub over the pier for the first system wet trial. (Photo: Nortek)

Tidal Power for Seabed Oil and Gas Installations

and the electrical components within the system performed. The Aquadopp uses acoustic Doppler technology to take measurements, which makes it accurate and also reliable, as it has no moving parts to get clogged up by marine debris.Connecting the Aquadopp ACM to the Subsea Power Hub’s internal energy storage and DAQ systems. (Photo: Nortek)“For the test, we needed to plot the turbine speed and the power output against the flow at a particular time. So we could say for sure that at current speed X, the turbine was turning at Y revolutions per minute,” Slorach explained.The Aquadopp was

OPT's hybrid PowerBuoy with seafloor battery (Image: OPT)

OPT Rolls Out New Products

provide more comprehensive solutions that can meet the needs of more customers requiring reliable power and communications in their subsea work across the globe.”OPT’s entry into the subsea battery market presents a complementary product to the PB3. Given OPT’s expertise in offshore energy storage systems from existing PB3 technology, the subsea batteries will provide an opportunity for OPT to differentiate through technical, cost and delivery leadership. The specialized knowledge required of pressure regulated battery solutions can create a significant barrier to entry, thus potentially

Figure 1: The Sea Otter Surf Zone Crawler

Seafloor Crawlers: New Robotic Tools for Challenging Missions

developed rapidly. Products like the PackBot from iRobot and the Talon from Foster-Miller pioneered man-portable high performance ground robots. The demands of operating in harsh environments made these tools robust and inspired fully waterproof variants. Unfortunately at the time limitations in energy storage, autonomy and telemetry made seafloor crawling robots a novelty rather than a productive tool. This has changed.Through the surfToday C-2 Innovations, Inc., (C2I) has developed a family of capable, production ready, seafloor crawling robots to take users back through the surf zone and into the

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Subsea’s Future is Blowin’ in the Wind

generated from the world’s first commercial floating wind farm. Electricity produced 25 kilometers offshore at the Hywind Scotland wind farm is transported via cables to an onshore substation in Peterhead, Scotland to be stored in the Batwind 1 MW lithium-ion batteries and connected to the grid.Energy storage technologies like batteries and others are expected to grow increasingly important for grid stability in the years to come, especially as the installed costs of battery storage systems continues to fall. Sebastian Bringsvaerd, development manager for Hywind and Batwind, explained that variability

Figure 1: The Riptide Family of Compact UUVs (Photo: Riptide)

Taking UUVs Faster, Further & Deeper

speed.Through an exclusive partnership with L-3-Open Water Power the micro-UUV will pioneer the use of aluminum seawater batteries. This new technology harnesses the energy of a chemical reaction between seawater and specially developed, high-purity aluminum alloys. The result is an inherently safe energy storage solution with a dramatic increase in energy density. This technology will be tested in 2018 and is anticipated to be available commercially on Riptide UUVs in 2019.Through both electronics optimization and new energy technologies Riptide is taking compact UUVs further than ever before.Faster:

New Hires Boost RCG US Team

a renewable energy legislative affairs and policy expert, working most recently as a strategy analyst with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and prior to that in Federal legislative affairs at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). She has developed policy strategy for large-scale renewables, energy storage, electric vehicle infrastructure and microgrid projects. Kuhn earned her BA in Environmental Management, and her Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Indiana University. She will assist clients in navigating the US market through management consulting, strategy, and market intelligence assignments

Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine Ecosystem vision is centred on high levels of connectivity and digitalisation. Photo: Wärtsilä Marine Solutions

Wärtsilä Introduces its Smart Marine Ecosystem Vision

.    The test was carried out using standard bandwidth, and no land-based technology was used for communications between the vessel and the remote operator work station. Other notable examples include the Wärtsilä HY, a fully integrated hybrid power module combining engines, an energy storage system, and power electronics optimised to work together through a newly developed energy management system, and Wärtsilä’s wireless charging innovation for battery powered vessels.   Wärtsilä has already opened one Digital Acceleration Centre (DAC), located in

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VisualSoft Selected for Cable-laying Vessel NKT Victoria

in the VisualSoft range, is to be utilized on the NKT Victoria in the Moray Firth.    The NKT Victoria (DNV-GL Class) is a 140m x 30m DP3 top-of-the-range diesel electric vessel with 1,600m2 of deck space and two large offshore cranes. The high capacity cable lay system features a battery energy storage system to assist the cable loading in the event of failure of the shore power used during loading.   The Caithness Moray High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) project in Northern Scotland is the largest investment in north Scotland’s electricity network since the hydro development era

NKT Names New Cable-laying Vessel NKT Victoria

e.g. DP3 (Dynamic Positioning) capability and a remotely operated vehicle using cameras and sonar. If not incorporated in the power cable itself, fiber optic cables for monitoring purposes can be placed simultaneously.    NKT Victoria uses a power-from-shore solution together with onboard energy storage systems, reducing fuel and CO2 consumption. The power-from-shore connection can be maintained while loading the cable onto the vessel.   With the vessel, NKT completes its high-voltage AC/DC power cable system offering to include planning, design, manufacturing, installation and related

Six micro-UUVs ready for delivery (Photo: Riptide)

UUV Manufacturer Aims Big by Going Small

can be improved upon. Through an exclusive partnership with Open Water Power Inc. the micro-UUV will pioneer the use of aluminum seawater batteries. This new technology harnesses the energy of a chemical reaction between seawater and carefully treated aluminum alloys. The result is an inherently safe energy storage solution with a dramatic increase in energy density.    With the use of this new battery technology the endurance of a micro-UUV can be extended well over 10 times the current production capability. An ability to survey up to 1,000 linear miles with side-scan sonar, with a hand-held

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New Batteries Help Underwater Vehicles Dive Deeper

range. At the same time, as vehicles go deeper, the pressure vessels become excessively heavy and expensive and AUVs with internal batteries become limited by the fact that these batteries have to be recharged. The Consortium aims to produce a pressure-tolerant battery pack that delivers increased energy storage and that can be hot swapped to improve operational utilization.   The first phase of the project was completed at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton and involved repeatedly testing Li-S cells at pressures and temperatures equivalent to undersea depths of 6,000m. The

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New Hydraulics Training Course at The Underwater Center

. Using a range of instructional techniques, candidates will gain experience of closed-loop and open-loop systems.   Throughout the three-day course, students will learn about core concepts including: fluid principles, hydraulic symbols and notation, pressure, flow and directional control, energy storage, basic electrical theory, hose management, pressure testing and fittings and fault-finding   Steve Ham, The Underwater Center’s Commercial Director, said: “Our own research and experience has demonstrated that in order to maintain and enhance, through further training, the

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Orca ESS Retrofit for Norwegian Research Vessel

Corvus Energy’s next generation Orca ESS has been selected by Halvorsen for the retrofit of the fisheries and environmental research vessel MS Johan Hjort.   Halvorsen Power System AS has selected Corvus Energy as the supplier of the lithium ion based energy storage system (ESS) for a retrofit of marine research vessel, MS Johan Hjort. Corvus will supply its recently released, next generation Orca Energy solution to provide power to the vessel for peak shaving, research operations and crew comfort.   Orca Energy is part of the recently announced Orca ESS product line from Corvus

Call for Abstracts: Small Distributed Ocean Power

Generation for Island Electrification; Size Scale Category: SMALL - 20kW to 250kW: There is a need to generate power for islands and remote coastal locations, 20-250 kW, that currently use diesel generators. Customers include a wide range of islands and remote communities.   Topic 4: In-situ Energy Storage Technologies Specific to Topics 1, 2, or 3 Size Scale and Use: There is a need for advances in energy storage technologies covering the various scales for direct energy storage as well as for the smoothing out of the electrical supply from these variable sources; ensuring that the supply and

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Boeing’s Mega UUV Uses Corvus Lithium Ion ESS

research and development division, Phantom Works. Echo Voyager is the largest of the innovative UUV family, joining the Echo Seeker and Echo Ranger. Echo Voyager is capable of operating autonomously at sea for months at a time due to its hybrid rechargeable power system supported by a lithium-ion energy storage solution from Corvus Energy. Unlike typical UUVs such as the 18-foot Echo Ranger and 32-foot Echo Seeker, which can stay at sea for only a few days before being re-charged by a surface ship, the 51-foot Echo Voyager can explore the oceans for up to 6 months without returning to a support ship

Edda Freya (Photo: Corvus Energy)

Corvus Lithium Ion ESS Powers Edda Freya

; Østensjø Rederi AS has christened its new offshore construction vessel, Edda Freya. This new vessel was designed and built for the Greater North Sea market and utilizes an environmentally friendly and fuel saving diesel electric hybrid propulsion system powered by a Corvus Energy ESS (Energy Storage System).   The subsea construction vessel was designed with a focus on cable laying operations, offshore construction and IMR operations. The vessel’s first mission will be with DeepOcean, performing installation work for Statoil on the Maria development in the Norwegian Sea and

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