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Seatrec’s self-replenishing batteries could make ocean research cheaper

Jordan McDonald writes in Morning Brew on the Seatrec’s self-replenishing batteries to power ocean research.

The C3 Take
  • Mapping out the ocean floor could be beneficial for reducing CO2 emissions and general scientific purposes.
  • Seatrec has created an autonomous underwater vehicle that uses echo-sound technology to collect data of the ocean floor.
  • Seatrec’s vehicle runs on a renewable battery that recharges from temperature changes in the ocean’s water.
  • In the future the company hopes to use its technology for initiatives that reduce emissions, such as kelp farming.

“Right now, the operational range for Seatrec’s batteries is limited to the two-thirds of the ocean that experience a temperature difference of 5-10 degrees Celsius between its surface and its depths. That excludes most of the Arctic and Antarctic, as the water is always cold from top to bottom.”

Read the full article here.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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