Energy Harvesting Ocean Robot

The ocean is full of power and information. The Wave Glider is designed to capture both. With the latest advancements in energy harvesting and propulsion, combined with a payload and sensor architecture, the Wave Glider is a persistent mobile data-gathering platform.

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Converting Wave Motion Into Propulsion

Wave energy is greatest at the water’s surface, decreasing rapidly with increasing depth. The Wave Glider’s unique two-part architecture exploits this difference in energy to provide forward propulsion.

Leveraging Solar Energy for Extra Power and Precision

The Wave Glider offers an additional propulsion system using stored solar energy. The additional directional thrust increases mobility and precision and helps to navigate challenging ocean conditions (doldrums, high currents, and hurricanes/cyclones), or accommodate mission changes. The solar energy system also recharges batteries that power sensors.

Autonomous Navigation: Real-Time Communications

Operate the Wave Glider individually or in fleets with fewer pilots and less risk. Change missions in real-time to adapt to new operational requirements. Other key capabilities include:

  • Programmable course navigation including precise hold-station capabilities
  • Vessel detection and avoidance
  • Multi-vehicle fleet operations
  • Flexible piloting, sea-side control, and 3rd party navigation support
 

Open Sensor and Payload Integration Architecture

A flexible design makes it easy to reconfigure or adjust onboard payloads on the fly. The optimized motion and sound isolation systems and persistence make the Wave Glider well suited for towed acoustic sensors.

  • Plug and play payloads
  • Multiple sensor placement options
  • Payload health check sensors
  • Massive towing capability
 

Wave Glider Specifications

  • Water Speed: 1kt to 3kts
  • Endurance: Up to 1 year
  • Operating Water Depth: > 15m
  • Station Keeping: 40m radius (CEP90)
  • Payload: 7 modular bays
  • Tow Capability: Up to 500kg mass
  • Average Continuous Power: 5W – 20W
  • Max Solar Collection: 156W
  • Battery Storage: 0.9kWh – 4.5kWh
  • Communications: Satellite, Cell, Wi-Fi
Wave Glider SV3 standard dimensions
 



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