Though the mysteries of the world’s oceans have long intrigued scientists, it has only been two decades since the technology was developed to monitor and collect the critical data needed to answer their questions. The information they have discovered in the last 20 years has lead to a greater understanding of the earth’s oceans and their effect on our climate, food supply, global shipping transportation and commerce. That said, gathering this information is not without its challenges. The oceans are vast and often unforgiving to those who seek to explore them and punishing to the equipment they use to do so.
At Electrochem, we have been designing power solutions that stand up to the rigors of oceanographic equipment for more than three decades. Our technologies are field-proven and have performed flawlessly in some of the harshest environments on the planet. Our expert engineers work with customers to design individual technology solutions that meet their configuration needs – including size, shape and weight – as well as their operating characteristics – temperature range, energy requirements and life expectancy. The result: customized power solutions that have earned the respect and confidence of scientists who demand exceptional performance and durability.
Electrochem solutions have been used in many oceanographic applications, including:
- Tsunami warning buoys
- Unmanned gliders
- Acoustic pingers
- Salinity meters
- Floats and profilers
Major oceanographic research institutions and OEMs trust Electrochem time and again for their battery needs. The following examples outline our expertise and commitment in this arena:
Powering a Milestone – The Slocum Glider
The Slocum Glider was developed in the early 1990s to collect critical ocean data while patrolling the ocean for months at a time. Its trailblazing launch initiated the necessity for exceptional battery performance in oceanographic research technology. Electrochem made history when it designed a custom solution of multi-cell battery packs to withstand the unique environmental challenges of this mission.
Rutgers University students turned to Electrochem's primary lithium cells to power their robotic ocean glider, charged with making the world's first transatlantic crossing. Battery power was critical to collect data that would help scientists better understand and model the ocean, allowing them to answer questions regarding fish populations and the interaction of water with the global climate system.
Read more on this groundbreaking achievement.
Designing a Power Pack
Our oceanographic surveying customers require reliability and high-power performance in a condensed space. In this particular application, Electrochem’s engineers configured 36 CSC DD Series cells in a half circle, two of which fit into a full circle that threads through an ocean buoy rod. The cells are potted halfway for structural integrity while in use, but with less overall weight. This design allows the lithium content of each individual unit to remain under the customer’s specified maximum threshold, rendering the power pack perfect for their application requirements. Click here to view the case study.
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