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Harvesting ocean thermal energy – SOLO-TREC autonomous underwater vehicle

By Damir Beciri
9 April 2010

solo-trecResearchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, have successfully demonstrated the first robotic underwater vehicle to be powered entirely by natural, renewable, ocean thermal energy. The Sounding Oceanographic Lagrangrian Observer Thermal RECharging (SOLO-TREC) autonomous underwater vehicle uses a thermal recharging engine powered by the natural temperature differences found at different… »


Sensor networks of freely drifting Autonomous Underwater Explorers

By Damir Beciri
One Comment13 November 2009

aue_underwater_artist_renderingIn an effort to plug gaps in knowledge about key ocean processes, the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s division of ocean sciences has awarded nearly $1 million to scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. The Scripps marine scientists¬†will develop a new breed of ocean-probing instruments. Jules Jaffe and Peter Franks will… »