TECH OFFER

Smart Underwater Battery Power System for ROVs

KEY INFORMATION

TECHNOLOGY CATEGORY:
Energy - Sensor, Network, Power Conversion, Power Quality & Energy Management
Energy - Fuel Cells
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TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVEL (TRL):
LOCATION:
Singapore
ID NUMBER:
TO062337

TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW

Ships coming into docks are required to undergo hull inspections and dock position checks. This task is traditionally performed by human divers. Recently, remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) have been deployed to aid in this process. However, conventional ROVs require the use of long umbilical cables or tethers to power the vehicles from shore or from floating buoys. This causes significant power losses.

The proposed technology relates to an onboard smart underwater battery power system for ROVs. It removes the need for tethering for ROVs, which increases the energy efficiency and overall portability of the vehicles.

The technology owner is seeking partners to collaborate in various modes including technology licensing, consultancy project, research collaboration, etc. 

TECHNOLOGY FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

  • Smart battery management system
  • Advanced battery monitoring system
  • Inter-module communications
  • Battery pack status communication with vehicle
  • Active cell balancing technology
  • Plug and play
  • Modular and scalable
  • Swappable
  • Safe and reliable operation
  • Specifications:
    • Dimensions: Ø 115 mm x H 370 mm
    • Weight: 3.75 kg (in air); 0.35 kg (in water)
    • Depth rating: 100 m
    • Energy: 120 Wh
    • Voltage : 12 VDC
    • Capacity: 10 Ah
    • Cycle life: > 1,000 cycles
    • Discharge current: 10 A (nominal); 24 A(maximum)
    • Charge voltage: 14.4 VDC
    • Charge current: 4.5 A (nominal)
    • Charging time: 2.5 Hours
    • Operating temperature: -10°C to 45 °C

POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS

  • Maritime industry
  • Unmanned remotely underwater vehicles (ROVs)
  • Extended power supply for marine sensors or equipment

Benefits

  • Improved energy efficiency, portability and operational safety
  • Increased reliability of the power system
  • Simple plug and play setup
  • Prolong system lifetime
  • Real time monitoring of system state
  • Cost savings
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