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RESEARCH OF ENERGY SOURCES SUITABLE FOR UNDERWATER VEHICLES

Objective

The objective of this project is to compare energy sources (excluding nuclear) suitable for use on board submersible Remotely Operated Vehicles. These energy sources may be used both in the oceanography and marine science fields, and for vehicles ranging from small unmanned Free Swimming Vehicles to larger manned types of vehicles.
An assessment of all nonnuclear energy sources suitable for submarine applications has been carried out with reference to the power requirements of existing commercial underwater vehicles. Databases were developed covering both the characteristics of submersibles currently in service worldwide and the power source technologies which could be utilized in underwater applications. Over the 2700 vehicles of 480 types have been identified, and the applicability of 15 specific and generic power source technologies have been investigated. It is concluded that the flexibility of both workhorse and survey vehicles can be improved by the utilization of onboard power sources.
The output of the project will be in the form of a data base and a manual for use by underwater vehicle designers to aid them in their selection of appropriate energy sources.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

GEC Marconi Ltd
Address
The Grove Warren Lane
HA7 4LY Stanmore
United Kingdom

Participants (3)

ABB Alstom Gas Turbines Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Thorngate House
LN2 5DJ Lincoln
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
70,Heroon Polytechniou 70
15710 Athens
Société ECA
France
Address
Rue Des Frères Lumière Zone Industrielle Toulon Est
83078 Toulon