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Battelle Joins World's Ocean Technology Experts at Oceans '12 Conference

Posted on Oct 15, 2012


HAMPTON ROADS, VA., 15 October, 2012—Battelle researchers have been working to tackle one of the most vexing issues facing those who work in the world’s oceans: How to increase mission persistence? They are studying ways to tie in technologies related to submersibles, sensors and power generation to create a systematic approach to solving this challenge.

Three related technologies will be presented at this week’s Oceans ’12 Conference where experts are gathered to explore our ability to harness the power of the ocean. The conference is held by the Marine Technology Society (MTS) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). It is a major international forum for scientists, engineers and others to share developments and applications in oceanic engineering and marine technology.

The three papers being presented by Battelle include:

  • Leveraging a Large UUV Platform with a Docking Station to Enable Forward Basing and Persistence for Light Weight AUVs. Presented by Battelle’s Dave Pyle, the highlighted technologies include the Proteus (a dual-mode undersea vehicle that can be operated with a crew or autonomously and is under development by The Columbia Group, Bluefin Robotics and Battelle) and the UUV Docking and Recharging Station (a technology that allows unmanned underwater vehicles to dock, recharge batteries and unload data at remote locations in the ocean, under development by Battelle and its subsidiary, Bluefin Robotics.) 
  • Optimized Wave Energy Harvester for Distributed Application. Presented by Battelle’s Jac Fought, the highlighted technology is the OceanGen wave energy harvester currently under development by Battelle and Levant Power. The instrument can be used to harvest energy from the heaving motion of waves and convert it for use by sensor platforms, or undersea vehicles when integrated with an undersea docking station.
  • Joint Deployment of Undersea Sensors for Enhanced Maritime Security. Presented by Battelle’s Rich Granger, the highlighted technology is Harbor Shield, developed by Battelle and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. Harbor Shield uses high resolution sonar to scan the hulls of ships while entering a harbor, and can be used to enhance security by identifying explosive threats or criminal activity such as drug running.  The system can be integrated with other undersea and topside sensors to provide enhanced situational awareness at critical chokepoint locations.

“In response to a complex set of demands, innovative undersea technologies are entering the global market place rapidly to satisfy both government and industry,” said Battelle’s Rear Admiral (Ret.) Fred Byus. “We’re glad to be among the scientists and researchers gathered this week to bring the best and brightest thinking to this complex challenge.”

In addition, Battelle’s Pyle will be serving as co-chair for one of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles technical sessions, and Granger will be serving as co-chair for the Marine GIS and Data Fusion technical session at the conference.

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

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