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The process of hydrothermal liquefaction, a method of converting seaweed into useful products including fertilisers, biofuels, and stock chemicals. © Amy Pilsbury, PhycoMExUK

PML: Invasive Seaweed Finds New Role as Coastal Cleanup Hero

the University of Exeter and the University of Bath, has developed a cheap and simple way of creating biofuel and fertilizer from seaweed, aiding in its cleanup and the removal of plastic from tourist beaches in the Caribbean and Central America.The study, recently published in the Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, aims to remove invasive seaweed, like Sargassum, which is costly to cleanup and deters tourists, while also producing biofuel in a sustainable way. Professor Mike Allen of the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Lab explained the need for an economically and environmentally

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NOAA’s Cloud and Data Strategies to Unleash Emerging Science and Technologies

NOAA’s new Cloud and Data strategies aim to unlock the full utility and potential of the agency’s massive and diverse data. They will also be key to its efforts to dramatically expand emerging science and technology that will drive innovation and guide transformative advancements in NOAA’s science, products and services.Both strategies, released this week, have their own broad application across the agency while underpinning and enabling the goals of NOAA’s interrelated science and technology strategies on Unmanned Systems, Artificial Intelligence (AI), 'Omics and a forthcomi

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Halliburton, TechnipFMC Launch Acoustic Sensing Solution for Subsea Wells

Oilfield services giants Halliburton and TechnipFMC have jointly introduced Odassea, described as the first distributed acoustic sensing solution for subsea wells. The technology platform enables operators to execute intervention-less seismic imaging and reservoir diagnostics to reduce the total cost of ownership while improving reservoir knowledge, the companies said in a joint statement on Thursday."The Odassea service integrates hardware and digital systems to strengthen digital capabilities in subsea reservoir monitoring and production optimization," the statement reads.Halliburton

The world’s first seven-function all-electric work-class manipulator - designed by Saab Seaeye

Saab Seaeye Delivers Electric Manipulator Arm Breakthrough

What is reported to be the world’s first seven-function all-electric work-class manipulator has been developed by Saab Seaeye. According to the manufacturer, this breakthrough heralds a significant advance in underwater robotic technology in the growing electric tooling and vehicle market.The all-electric work-class seven-function manipulator is designed to have equal power and more precision, delivering a ‘more intelligent’ in comparison to the hydraulic equivalent.Its control system enables both manual and automated control, with the potential for full autonomy in the future.

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Oceaneering Lands W. Australia Order

monobore diverless connectors for an offshore Western Australia project.Oceaneering said Wednesday it would supply 3-inch M5 connectors, which will be used for Monoethylene Glycol (MEG) and Chemical Inhibitor (CI) service on the field subsea distribution system.Nikunj Patel, Director of Engineering and Technology for Oceaneering, said: “We are thrilled to provide our high pressure, high flow ROV-flyable M5 connectors for this project located in Australian waters. The M5 is a versatile, compact, and cost-effective solution ideal for high flow MEG, CI, and other chemical delivery applications. With

Ship repair is the first market to be targeted by AMBPR, as it has significant potential with 90,000 ships of over 50m in length periodically repainted at 600 dry docks worldwide - Image for illustration only; Credit:  TawanSaklay - AdobeStock.

CGG's Sercel Buys Stake in Autonomous Robots Start-Up

to sell its first units within the next six months.Ship repair is the first market to be targeted by AMBPR, as it has significant potential with 90,000 ships of over 50m in length periodically repainted at 600 dry docks worldwide. The company's website also show there are ideas to deploy the technology in the offshore energy industry.Hull sanding and painting work is still a highly manual process, and its labor-intensiveness, the lack of sufficient manpower, and the environmental constraints involved have created the right conditions for a future shift to an automated solution.Emmanuelle Dubu

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ICONIC Installs First Instrumented Tubular Plug Offshore Norway

that was required beforehand. The next iTP installation is scheduled for the same operator in 2020.  Continuous monitoring allows the operational decisions to be performed in a safe and cost-efficient manner, compared with other solutions on the market," ICONIC added. Per ICONIC, the iTP technology offers different cost savings depending on its application."When using a tubing hanger plug, the cost savings are made because retrieval of the plug can take place without the use of a pressure control system. This cuts down the time and cost for the wireline rig up. In other cases, such as

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CorPower Starts Wave Energy Project in Portugal

;This is a crucial stage in our pursuit to develop a new class of high-efficiency Wave Energy Converters. says Patrik Möller, CEO of CorPower Ocean. “CorPower’s goal is to successfully introduce certified and warrantied WEC products to the market by 2024, making wave energy a bankable technology that can attract mainstream renewable project finance.“Wave energy can play a fundamental role in Portugal’s transition to 100% renewable energy while providing a platform to drive Portuguese exports and long-term investment opportunities for local supply chains. The HiWave-5 program

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Kraken Moves Closer to Finalizing Danish Minehunting Deal

Canadian marine technology company Kraken Robotics Inc. said its its wholly owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., has received notification that the complaint process regarding the Royal Danish Navy’s mine hunting upgrade program has been finalized. The Board of Complaints which oversaw the complaint process has ruled in favor of the Royal Danish Navy’s position on all points.Kraken originally announced in October 2019, that it was chosen as the successful bidder on a program for the acquisition of new sonar systems for an unnamed international navy. The delay since then was the

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