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Renewable energy for sustainable ocean sensors and platforms
Author(s): Edward M. Carapezza; Trent M. Molter
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Paper Abstract

In the future, networks of unmanned and unattended sensor systems will replace many of these manned assets and will become pervasive and highly connected in many maritime areas. Unmanned mobile surveillance systems will be able to operate with a high degree of autonomy and weather tolerance with minimum cost and manpower risk. Low cost, highly sustainable underwater power sources, for both stationary sensors systems and mobile surveillance platforms, are required for this vision. This paper presents a description of interim results of investigations into technologies and systems for generating renewable energy from coastal and open ocean areas. A range of technologies have been investigated from low power systems deriving energy from the microbial fuel cells and the direct bacterial conversion of methane gas to methanol liquid to larger power systems deriving energy from ocean waves, methane hydrate deposits, and hydrothermal vents.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 October 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6736, Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks IV, 67360H (30 October 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.753481
Show Author Affiliations
Edward M. Carapezza, Univ. of Connecticut (United States)
Trent M. Molter, Univ. of Connecticut (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6736:
Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks IV
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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