Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ENDURUNS (Development and demonstration of a long-endurance sea surveying autonomous unmanned vehicle with gliding capability powered by hydrogen fuel cell)
Reporting period: 2018-11-01 to 2020-04-30
The ENDURUNS project aims to develop a hybrid AUV vehicle with gliding capability and increased operational endurance lasting up to several months. The hybrid AUV vehicle will be capable of communicating directly with the shore-based RMCC, providing updates on mission status and collected data with the help of a lightweight and low cost autonomous Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV). The use of the USV will also permit the reception and transmission of data to the hybrid AUV associated with mission updates or changes in mission parameters. The hybrid system will overcome the limitations of current AUVs and gliders by using advanced power packs based on hydrogen fuel cells rather than low energy density state-of-the-art Li-ion batteries, efficient control systems and optimised data handling and communication processes.
Individual process innovations
Development of a long endurance AUV, offering a versatility of missions, a feature unique in the consortium; USV able to cruise in deep ocean and operate in tandem with the AUV; Hydrogen fuel cell and hydrogen storage for both AUV and USV; Advanced control of navigation, steering and power management; Sensor payload optimization; Docking function of AUV on the USV for power charging, data transfer and return to base; LAR and return to base features for both AUV and USV. Such operational features have not been demonstrated yet and are unique in this project
ENDURUNS will realise a new pioneering generation of AUV technology for deep ocean exploration, offshore infrastructure inspection, surveillance, geological and geophysical surveys, etc.
Expected impact (EI)1: Enable a massive reduction in the cost of extended deep-sea survey activities in comparison to traditional techniques. KPI: Reduction of costs by up to 80% by elimination of the need for a manned support surface vessel, advanced LAR capabilities, and maximized autonomy which will be several times higher in comparison with current state-of-the-art AUVs
EI2: Increase the availability of seabed survey data. KPI: Increase through high-duration and back-to-back survey missions. Available seabed data expected to double every 5 years as the ENDURUNS technology is taken up by the industry for at least until 2040
EI3: Promote the capabilities of European Marine industries and support European growth and jobs. KPI: The implementation of the ENDURUNS system will support and promote the capabilities of the European Marine industries by enabling new capabilities. The market growth will ensure increased revenue for the European economy as well as the continuous creation of additional high-skill jobs. Annual market growth of 25% per year until at least 2040
EI4: Enhance the capabilities of European high technology SMEs. KPI: At least 6 new technologies will be developed by the consortium, resulting in a step-change in deep ocean operations, significantly enhancing the commercial capabilities of EU companies. This will result in an average contribution to the annual growth of the partners of 10% for the first five years after the commercialization of the technology
EI5: Contribute to UN's Sustainable Development Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans and the target to scientific knowledge. KPI: The implementation of a versatile, high-endurance AUV system will support the UN goals
EI6: Develop research capacity and transfer marine technology. KPI: Close interaction between the partners, public bodies, associate consortium and AG Members