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Wave and Solar-Powered Robot Receives $22 Million in Funding

Posted By Timon Singh On June 11, 2011 @ 9:00 am In green technology,News,Solar Power | 2 Comments

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The Wave Glider [1] is a solar and wave-powered [2] robot designed by Liquid Robotics [3] to serve as a platform for ocean observation, data collection, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The project has just been awarded $22 million in Series D financing, which will go to further its development as it begins to explore the ocean blue.

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The Wave Glider is powered by solar energy [4] as well as the up-and-down motion of waves. By sourcing all the energy it needs from its environment, the robot “can travel to a distant area, collect and transmit data in real-time [via satellite or short-range radio], and then return for maintenance without ever requiring a ship to leave port.”

The submerged glider can hit a speed of two knots as it travels the ocean for scientific purposes, offshore oil and gas exploration, and for a variety of national security uses.

Liquid Robotics said it is currently testing the glider for use in a variety of scenarios, including conducting scientific research for the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration [5] and several premier oceanographic facilities such as the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution [6], the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute [7], Scripps Institution of Oceanography [8], and the University of Hawaii.

+ Liquid Robotics [1]


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URLs in this post:

[1] Wave Glider: http://liquidr.com/

[2] wave-powered: http://inhabitat.com/wave-hub-the-worlds-largest-wave-energy-site/

[3] Liquid Robotics: http://inhabitat.comliquidr.com

[4] solar energy: http://inhabitat.com/premier-solar-powered-blimp-set-to-fly-across-english-channel/

[5] National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration: http://www.noaa.gov/

[6] Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: http://www.whoi.edu/

[7] Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute: http://www.mbari.org/

[8] Scripps Institution of Oceanography: http://inhabitat.comscripps.ucsd.edu/

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