Trials are getting under way, at the US Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site in Hawaii. for a ground-breaking experiment in renewable energy. The idea is to run Saab Seaeye’s Sabertooth autonomous vehicle, while in seabed residency mode, using wave power.
The Sabertooth will patrol pre-programmed areas to collect data, before returning to an underwater docking station for cloud upload and battery recharge. The Sabertooth is the only roaming and hovering system that can operate in both fully autonomous (AUV) and tethered (ROV) modes.
The charging technology comes from C-Power’s SeaRAY Autonomous Offshore Power System (AOPS) and its application is expected to prove useful for marine research, aquaculture and defence, among other sectors.