Gallery: Scientists Develop First Underwater Robot Powered Entirely by ...


Everyone loves a cool robot, and this new one blows others out of the water. A team of researchers recently developed Sounding Oceanographic Lagrangrian Observer Thermal RECharging (SOLO-TREC), the world’s first underwater robotic vehicle powered entirely by thermal energy, a completely renewable resource. The robot is poised to revolutionize ocean monitoring: Because it is not limited by a depleting energy source, it can stay underwater for unprecedented amounts of time.

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  1. Yi Chao April 18, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    1.7 watt-hour or 6100 Joules are the numbers being quoted.

  2. cern741 April 10, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    1.7 watts per dive, thats got to be a misprint. At TTL 5 volts that translates to 340 milliamp’s, to run “a GPS receiver, a communications device and a bouyancy control pump” I’m impressed.

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