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DOE: $28M Available for Floating Offshore Wind

The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $28 million in funding for a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, Aerodynamic Turbines, Lighter and Afloat, with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control (ATLANTIS). ATLANTIS projects will develop new technologies for floating, offshore wind turbines (FOWTs) using the discipline of control co-design (CCD).“The United States has 13,000 miles of shoreline, which is a huge opportunity to lead the world in capitalizing offshore wind,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in a press release. “The ATLANTIS

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JW Fishers’ Pulse 8X Continues to Outperform

is the JW Fishers Pulse 8X underwater metal detector.The Pulse 8X is JW Fishers’ leading underwater metal detector and has been a staple tool for professional divers for the past 32 years. In 2014, it was named the #1 underwater metal detector by an independent study performed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The P8X was compared to seven other leading detectors on the market and found to be the most economical, effective, and reliable tool for the job. The P8X comes with everything you need to search both on land and submerged to a depth of 200’.  The unit comes equipped

An artist’s depiction of LRAUV under sea ice. Using photo-chemical sensors, the robot scans the density of a billowing cloud of oil coming from an ocean floor well. The red and yellow objects are parts of a communication system consisting of antennas suspended under ice from a buoy installed on top of the ice.  Graphic by ADAC.

LRAUV: Arctic Oil-Spill-Mapping Robot Put to the Test

As commercial shipping and energy activities picks up in the Arctic region, the prospect of accidental oil spills in this pristine environment remain a concern. In response, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is taking the lead – through the U.S. Coast Guard – to develop a subsea robotic system to map and report on spills.“Because of ice coverage and the tyranny of distance, it is difficult to get resources and assets up in the Arctic in a quick manner,” said Kirsten Trego, Executive Director of the Coast Guard’s Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil

SeaScout Expeditionary Seabed Mapping and Intelligence System deployed during ANTX2018 (Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

Kraken, ThayerMahan Demonstrate SeaScout for US Navy

this event. The event provides an opportunity to test new unmanned systems and related technologies, while gaining access to U.S. Navy test ranges, facilities and people.There is a growing international trend of defense dollars being spent on drone development. In its fiscal year 2019 budget, the U.S. Department of Defense requested US$9.6 billion for unmanned technology and related systems — a 28 percent increase from the previous year, according to a report released June 25 by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.“Unmanned systems and robotics are key technology areas

Number 1 on MTR's list of "Top10 Ocean Influencers" is Yohei Sasakawa, chairman, Nippon Foundation. (Copyright: Nippon Foundation.)

MTR’s “Top 10” Ocean Influencers

of The Maritime Alliance. )Photo: TMA)You would be hard-pressed to find many in the subsea sector that have not run across, to or through Michael Jones, President of The Maritime Alliance which is now recognized as a leading BlueTech Cluster in the U.S. Jones was a driving force that caused the U.S. Department of Commerce to focus on BlueTech, and why the U.S. Commercial Service decide to form a global marine technology team.  While Jones is “Number 10” in our subsea influential leaders ranking, you would search long and far to find any have the combined drive, work ethic, connections

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US Announces $18.5 Mln for Offshore Wind Research

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that $18.5 million has been made available for offshore wind research and development (R&D).The DOE selected the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to administer an $18.5 million cooperative innovation hub that will bring together industry, academia, government and other stakeholders to advance offshore wind plant technologies, develop innovative methods for wind resource and site characterization, and develop advanced technology solutions for installation, operation, maintenance and supply chain.The overall goal

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Aquabotix Enters R&D Partnership with US Navy

UUV Aquabotix Ltd has entered into a special purpose Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport.Division Newport of NUWC is a Federal laboratory of the U.S. Department of Navy whose substantial purpose is the performance of research, development, and engineering. Under the CRADA signed between Aquabotix and the U.S. Navy, Aquabotix will gain access to the Narragansett Bay Test Facility (NBTF), including its ranges and personnel, to test and demonstrate Aquabotix’s SwarmDiver product and other relevant technologies

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EnBW, Trident Winds JV for Offshore Wind Project in California

play an important role in California over the next decade. Together with our partner Trident Winds, we want to be actively involved from the start," Dirk Güsewell added. Offshore wind development in the United States has become considerably more dynamic in recent years: in 2015 the U.S. Department of Energy published a nationwide wind study, which contemplates 22 gigawatts (GW) of wind energy deployment by 2030 and 86 GW by 2050. The first offshore wind farm is now in operation.  At the same time, the states of Massachusetts, New York, Maryland and New Jersey have established specific

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Kraken Achieves Military Standard Certification

at the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) in August in the United States. ANTX is an annual, invitation-only event that was created by the U.S. Navy to see the future of naval technology in action today.”KATFISH-M was tested and certified by independent laboratories on a variety of U.S. Department of Defense military ruggedization standards known as MIL-STD-810G and MIL-STD-461. The MIL-STD-810G focuses on environmental engineering and requires products to pass a series of laboratory tests to ensure that military equipment can operate in extreme worldwide environments. The MIL-STD-461 standard

Electron microscope image of enzyme degrading PET plastic (Credit: Dennis Schroeder / NREL)

Plastic-eating Enzyme Holds Promise in Fighting Pollution

, or PET - a form of plastic patented in the 1940s and now used in millions of tonnes of plastic bottles. PET plastics can persist for hundreds of years in the environment and currently pollute large areas of land and sea worldwide. Researchers from Britain's University of Portsmouth and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory made the discovery while examining the structure of a natural enzyme thought to have evolved in a waste recycling center in Japan. Finding that this enzyme was helping a bacteria to break down, or digest, PET plastic, the researchers decided to

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Trump Administration Grants License for Taiwan Submarine Project

has approved the marketing license required for American manufacturers to sell technology to Taiwan that would allow for building domestic submarines, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported on Saturday.The news agency said Taiwan Ministry of National Defense Chen Chung-chi confirmed that the U.S. Department of State had agreed to grant the license needed to sell the technology to Taiwan that it would need to build its own submarine.The U.S. State Department declined to confirm the details of the news report.A State Department official said the agency continued to review Taiwan’s defense needs

Vineyard Wind to Begin Third Round of Surveys

a shellfish survey in Lewis Bay. Vessels will work offshore continuously, with port operations planned out of New Bedford, Hyannis, and Vineyard Haven. Formal “Notices to Mariners” for survey work will be communicated through all appropriate official channels, including the Coast Guard and Department of Defense. Vineyard Wind also will continue to conduct extensive outreach to the fishing industry to ensure coordination. Vessels using towed gear or boring equipment will be crewed by observers who watch for marine mammals and other protected species. Survey operations may be halted at times

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NOAA Taps Graham to Lead National Hurricane Center

last hurricane season were 25 percent more accurate than average, and with new satellites and other measures they are undertaking, we are very hopeful to keep improving the timeliness and accuracy of our forecasts,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “Ken will be a great leader of the Department’s efforts in this regard.”   “Ken will undoubtedly build on the center’s history of improving forecasts while serving as a vital link to effectively communicate that information to the public and core partners in the emergency management community,” said Neil

A smaller prototype tested in Galway Bay, Ireland. (Photo: Ocean Energy)

Irish Wave Buoy to Be Deployed at US Navy Test Site

can yield immensely productive results — Irish innovation coupled with US engineering is providing the U.S. Navy Wave Energy Test Site with sustainable and logistical gains and a template for future large-scale projects.”    The $12 million project is part-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), under an agreement committing the American and Irish governments to collaborating on Marine Hydrokinetic Technologies.   “SEAI invests in research and innovation

MTS Tech Breakfast: Maritime Cyber Security

a panel that includes: Major General Michael S. Groen, Joint Staff Director Intelligence, J2  Brian Burns, Deputy Assistant Commandant, C4 & Info Technology, U.S. Coast Guard   John Felker, Director, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security  Dr. Daniel Ragsdale, Director, Cybersecurity Center & Professor of Practice, Computer Science & Engineering, Texas A&M University    The breakfast is free of charge for members. The December Technology Innovation Breakfast is scheduled for

At the DEMA Show 2017 (L-R):  Aquabotix Chief Development Officer Ted Curley; Audrey Darley, Director of Vendor Relations for Darley; and Henry “Ace” Thrift, Director of Business Development, Navy/SOCUM/Federal Team. (Photo: Aquabotix)

Aquabotix Adds US Distributor

; Co., a 100-year-old designer, manufacturer and distributor of firefighting, defense and emergency services equipment, as a distributor in the U.S. Through the partnership, Aquabotix will work closely with Darley Defense, a specialty division of Darley that markets new and existing products to the U.S. Department of Defense, to provide its underwater vehicles and camera systems to the U.S. Navy.   “[Darley] will be an important partner in support of our growing U.S. Navy business with our Endura ROVs and new Hybrid AUV/ROV,” said Ted Curley, Chief Development Officer of Aquabotix.  

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Seaweed: Fuel of the Future?

Scientists envision a future where fuel made from seaweed grown at large-scale offshore farms will be used to provide green power for homes and vehicles.   Now with help from U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) funding, researchers are working toward making that scenario a reality. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) received $5.7 million from ARPA-E's Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER) Program for two projects that have set out to develop tools and technology to advance the mass production of seaweed for

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