Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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Sonardyne Wins in Innovation for 6G

success resulting from outstanding innovative achievements by businesses in the UK. These are conferred by HM Queen Elizabeth II, on advice of the Prime Minister, and are the highest award a UK business can receive.     Launched in 2010, Sonardyne’s award winning 6G (Sixth Generation) technology platform was judged to have addressed users’ needs for underwater technology that is low risk, versatile and easy to use. Its performance over the previous generation technology can be likened to the difference between analogue and digital mobile telecommunications. 6G products

L3 Acquires Open Water Power, Inc.

L3 Technologies has acquired Open Water Power, Inc., the Somerville, Mass. based developer of high-energy-density undersea power generation technologies for use by unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) and other maritime platforms.   The business will be renamed L3 Open Water Power and will be integrated into L3’s Sensor Systems business segment.   “The acquisition of Open Water Power aligns with L3’s disciplined growth strategy by adding an important new technology to our portfolio in the growing UUV market,” said Michael T. Strianese, L3’s chairman and chief

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Teledyne RD Instruments Extends DVL Line

of two new doppler velocity Log (DVL) product lines to round-out the company’s expanding underwater navigation capabilities. Building on the company’s industry standard Workhorse Navigator and Explorer line of DVLs, the Pathfinder and Pioneer products represent the latest in its next generation technology. The Pathfinder DVL utilizes a piston head transducer, similar to the Navigator, and the Pioneer utilizes a phase array transducer, similar to the Explorer DVLs. However, the Pioneer and Pathfinder DVLs utilize the company’s new next generation electronics, which offer the following

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Lockheed Martin in Australian Wave Energy Project

Lockheed Martin says it has signed a contract with Victorian Wave Partners Ltd. to begin developing the world’s largest wave energy project yet. The 62.5-megawatt peak power wave energy generation project will be built off the coast of Victoria, Australia, using Ocean Power Technologies' (OPT) PowerBuoy® wave energy converter technology. The company’s PowerBuoy wave generation technology uses a "smart," ocean-going buoy to convert wave energy into low-cost, clean electricity. The buoy moves up and down with the rising and falling of waves. This mechanical energy drives an

PelaStar Model Testing: Photo courtesey of Glosten

Offshore Wind Floating TLP Model Tests Complete

the project: building and installing the full scale 6MW floating turbine,” William Hurley, PelaStar Director and Glosten program lead, commented. Andrew Scott, Programme Manager, Offshore Wind at ETI said: “Offshore wind must be affordable and cost competitive with alternative generation technologies. The ability of large floating turbines to access near-to-shore, high wind speed sites off the coast of the UK and elsewhere in the world could bring down the cost of electricity generation for the long term, helping to ensure that low carbon energy from offshore wind achieves costs

The completed SEA connection fully tested on deck ready for deployment (Photo: Cohort plc)

SEA Installs New Tech for Biscay Marine Energy Park

power and maintain control and monitoring of their devices.    Managing Director Steve Hill said that SEA is driving towards the goal of standard economical connections, but is able to deliver a variety of bespoke solutions while the industry continues to adapt and develop power generation technologies.    He commented, “The power connection technology developed by SEA is readily transferrable from Oil and Gas into Marine Renewables and we are proud to have led the way on this work in Scotland and internationally.&rdquo

GE O&G Wins Two Technology Awards at OTC

required to actuate the blades and/or sealing elements. This proven technology provides new data on the operational performance of the BOP that can be used in trending and prognostics in a way that mechanical systems cannot provide. Deepwater BOP Blind Shear Ram. GE Oil & Gas has developed next-generation technology for shearing and sealing wellbore tubulars (casings and pipes). The patent-pending 5K Blind Shear Ram is designed for use in GE’s ram BOPs for offshore drilling and has demonstrated the capability to shear 6-5/8 inch S-135 drill pipe tool joints while achieving a wellbore seal

Drive train at NAREC

ABB Drive System in UK Tidal Turbines R&D

(NAREC) is powered by a state-of-the-art ABB drive system. The $20 million facility is part of the UK’s National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) in the north of England. Narec is a government-backed center for researching, developing and testing renewable energy and low carbon power generation technologies such as wind, solar, tidal and wave. At the heart of the Nautilus test facility is a state-of-the-art ABB drive system that powers and speed-controls the drive train and enables it to operate with precision and energy efficiency. The solution comprises a broad range of ABB technologies

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Kraken Sets out to Advance Offshore Digitalization

and Labrador’s offshore oil and gas industry.    Kraken said a goal of the project is to demonstrate and evaluate an improved process for data collection, analysis and predictive analytics for oil-field inspection, maintenance and repair. The project also aims to demonstrate a next generation 3D subsea imaging/asset inspection solution that generates millimeter resolution data.   Under the terms of the contract, Kraken will integrate its SeaVision 3D laser imaging sensor and underwater robotics technologies with a cloud-based data analytics infrastructure to demonstrate an end-to-end

Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE (Photo: XPRIZE)

Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Semi-Finalists to be Announced at OINA

realm,” said Jyotika Virmani, Ph.D., prize lead of the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE and senior director of XPRIZE’s Planet and Environment domain. “At this meeting, XPRIZE will be announcing the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE semi-finalist teams and the diversity of next generation technologies moving into the first round of deep-sea testing.” XPRIZE semi-finalists will also have a shot at a $1 Million bonus prize established by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which will incentivize teams to pioneer underwater sensing technologies that detect

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Foster Wheeler Wins Contract For Retrofit-SCR System

retrofit-SCR project awarded in Europe is indicative of Foster Wheeler’s competitiveness in environmental technology in the region,” said Tomas Harju-Jeanty, Chief Executive Officer of Foster Wheeler Energia Oy Group. “Due to the significant economic benefit of using coal for power generation, clients are choosing Foster Wheeler to provide high value solutions to improve their plants’ environmental performance.” “TSE-Naantali Oy has made a decision to continue the operation of Naantali unit 3 in parallel with the new Naantali unit 4 combined heat and power plant

Deep BV immediately put its new Sonardyne Mini Ranger 2 USBL tracking system to work in a project to survey an area for unexploded ordnance. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Deep BV Takes Delivery of Sonardyne Positioning Equipment

. Accurate positioning is paramount for the Iron Lady’s control software in order to ‘fly’ the 6-meter-wide, gradiometer UXO set-up just two meters above the seabed.   Klaas Visser, Chief Technology Expert at Deep BV said, “We’ve been a user of Sonardyne’s pre-generation Scout USBL system for several years and pleased with the results it’s delivered. However, now was the right time to replace these systems and upgrade to Sonardyne’s 6G product family with all of its attractive features and performance gains.”    Speaking about the

Japan Gains Edge in Australia Submarine Deal

 Australia and Japan appear to be inching closer to an agreement on the sale the top-secret technology from Japan to build a fleet of new generation submarines. Size, technology and stealth are proving too great a draw for Canberra.   Australia is considering buying top-secret technology from Japan to build a fleet of next-generation submarines, a move that would risk reigniting diplomatic tensions with China that have only recently died down, says a report in Japan Times.   China and Japan are competing to build up their domestic arms industries, and for China, the export of

Fifth-Generation OCTANS Launched

iXBlue unveiled its fifth-generation OCTANS for survey-grade navigation. The new OCTANS is an all-in-one gyrocompass and motion sensor (attitude and heading reference system, AHRS) and brings in new and enhanced features, including IMO/IMO-HSC certification and inertial navigation system (INS) product upgrade-path. The fifth-generation OCTANS gives marine customers more product variant choices, expanding its surface and subsea product range. OCTANS is built on iXBlue’s strap-down fiber-optic gyroscope (FOG) technology. Fifth-generation OCTANS customers will benefit from a new offer of 5 year

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Hydroid Introduces the New Generation REMUS 100 AUV

Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime unveiled the new generation of the REMUS 100 AUV.    The new generation REMUS 100 AUV offers advanced core electronics, a flexible navigation suite with an exclusive conformal Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) and an open architecture platform for advanced autonomy. The vehicle was created over a period of two years, and is designed based on feedback from the world’s largest AUV user community. “The New Generation REMUS 100 AUV has impressive capabilities not previously seen on a man-portable vehicle,” said Duane Fotheringham

MHI's NewTurbine Nascelle: Photo credit MHI

New Large-scale Offshore Wind Power Generation System

(MHI)  in September last year to develop a hydraulic drive train system for offshore wind turbines, which is supported by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). The event marks a world's first operation of a large-scale hydraulic drive train type wind power generation system applying MHI's Digital Displacement Transmission technology. Leveraging the test results, MHI will accelerate its development of an offshore wind power generation system in the 7-megawatt (MW) class, with installation and operation slated to begin at Hunterston, in the UK, within the current

TE SubCom Installs New Undersea Systems

TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company in undersea communications technology, today announced it has successfully completed the second installation of its next generation coherent fiber optic subsea system and achieved 13 Tb/s capacity over a distance of 6,500 km without any regeneration. The new system is a pan-Asian system with a longest path of over 6,500 km. This system joins TE SubCom’s first coherent system which was approximately 1,350 km. These two subsea systems demonstrate the next generation in coherent transmission that will enable both today’s capacity needs while being

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