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Development and demonstration of a long-endurance sea surveying autonomous unmanned vehicle with gliding capability powered by hydrogen fuel cell

Objective

Battery-powered AUVs have been used to study the seabed without the requirement of a human operator. Their operational endurance is limited by the available battery charge. Gliders, an AUV subclass, use small changes in their buoyancy to move like a profiling float. By using their wings, gliders can convert the vertical motion to horizontal, propelling themselves forward with very low power consumption. Hence, mission duration can be extended to months and to thousands of kilometers. However, gliders are suited for a particular set of missions involving relatively basic measurements and seabed mapping cannot be performed due to their inherent inability to cruise in a straight line. A surface support vessel is standard practice for launch and recovery of AUVs. The requirement to have a support vessel adds to the overall mission cost. Therefore higher endurance is needed in AUV platforms in order to bring mission costs down and improve the ocean exploration capability. The ENDURUNS project will deliver a step-change in AUV technology by implementing a novel hybrid design power by hydrogen fuel cell. An Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) will support the operation of the AUV, providing geotagging and data transmission capability to and from the Control Centre on shore.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell

Call for proposal

H2020-MG-2018-SingleStage-INEA
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

ALTUS LSA COMMERCIAL AND MANUFACTURING SA
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73134 Chania
Greece
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 750 625

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GRAAL TECH SRL
Italy
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€ 822 500
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Via Egidio Tagliolini 26
16152 Genova
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COMPAGNIE MARITIME D EXPERTISES SA
France
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€ 649 875
Address
Boulevard Des Oceans 36
13009 Marseille
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ENGITEC SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 385 000
Address
143 Spyrou Kyprianou Avenue Chrysanthou Business C
3083 Limassol
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SPACE APPLICATIONS SERVICES NV
Belgium
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€ 552 015
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Leuvensesteenweg 325
1932 Zaventem
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ON AIR S.R.L.
Italy
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€ 349 250
Address
Via Carlo Barabino 26/4
16129 Genova
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UAB METIS BALTIC
Lithuania
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€ 405 000
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Jogailos G 4
01116 Vilnius
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VALSTYBES IMONE KLAIPEDOS VALSTYBINIO JURU UOSTO DIREKCIJA
Lithuania
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€ 297 500
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J Janonio 24
92251 Klaipeda
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Other
HYSYTECH SRL
Italy
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€ 595 875
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Strada Del Drosso 33 18
10135 Torino
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ZARRAS DIMITRIOS
Greece
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€ 250 000
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Apostolos Pavlou 9 Neo Irakleio
141 22 Athens
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SWISS APPROVAL SOUTH EAST MEDITERRANEAN SEA (SEMS) LTD
Cyprus
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€ 349 375
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Arch. Makariou 2-4, Capital Center, 2Nd Floor, Off 27-28
1065 Nicosia
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THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
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€ 707 500
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Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
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UNIVERSIDAD DE CASTILLA - LA MANCHA
Spain
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€ 398 125
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Calle Altagracia 50
13071 Ciudad Real
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"NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ""DEMOKRITOS"""
Greece
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€ 396 250
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End Of Patriarchou Grigoriou E And 27 Neapoleos Street
15341 Agia Paraskevi
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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
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€ 550 875
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Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
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Research Organisations
TUCO YACHT VÆRFT APS
Denmark
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€ 448 500
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Krogsbjergvej 2
5600 Faaborg
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