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Using the tremendous renewable energy potential of earth’s oceans, C-Power products unlock the future of the ocean economy and a path to global net-zero energy use. Learn more about how C-Power systems help organizations overcome the biggest challenges of operating in the ocean.
Sending crewed vessels every time there’s work to be done offshore is expensive and inefficient. C-Power’s autonomous, resident energy and data solutions cut capital and operating costs and reduce shore dependencies.
Using liquid fuel as a primary energy source for offshore operations is carbon intensive. However, C-Power products deliver clean and reliable renewable energy and eliminate the need to deploy crewed vessels.
C-Power enhances human and environmental safety offshore. By reducing the amount of dull, dirty, dangerous work on vessels, C-Power improves human safety. Eliminating the risk of spills is just one environmental safety benefit.
The future of the ocean economy is digital and autonomous, but transformation has been slow because the ocean is a power desert. C-Power products are the missing piece of the puzzle to help unlock the future.
From offshore energy operations to research to defense and security, many industries have a critical need for solutions to affordably and autonomously operate the vast and ever-growing array of sensors and monitoring equipment used in the ocean.
Where will the power come from to keep these systems running in the middle of the ocean 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year? How will they transmit the collected data to the cloud? That’s the job of a C-Power AOPS, regardless of whether the customer is monitoring a carbon storage reservoir, looking for gas leaks, or recording environmental conditions.
Today, advanced remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) can only charge “at home” — either back on shore or via an expensive-to-operate, crewed, diesel-powered topside vessel equipped with a charging unit. As a result, ROVs and AUVs today are more expensive to operate and less versatile than they should be.
With a flexible, lower cost, easy-to-deploy C-Power AOPS, ROVs and AUVs can tap into unlimited and reliable ocean energy via topside or sea floor charging to reach their full potential — longer deployments, enhanced operating capabilities, and true autonomy.
To learn more about what AOPS support of an AUV looks like in practice, read our press release on the SeaRAY AOPS supporting a Saab Sabertooth AUV at our demonstration conducted in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Navy.
Image courtesy of Saab Seaeye
Just as electrification is taking hold on land, it is also happening in the ocean. Remote and autonomously controlled operating equipment powered by electricity has the potential to stay “on the job” longer and with a lower operating risk profile, thereby reducing costs while increasing performance and safety. Another major benefit of going all-electric is the ability to provide real-time, condition-based monitoring and performance data.
Where is the electric power for this equipment going to come from? And how will the data get back to the people who need it? It’s the perfect job for an AOPS, getting power in and data out for installations tens or hundreds of miles offshore.
Uncrewed Surface Vessels
Uncrewed electric surface vessels have superior potential for the ocean economy compared to diesel-powered ones across almost every metric — fuel cost, maintenance cost, climate impact, the list goes on. But the ocean is a power desert, and electric vessels need a charging network. As it stands today, a USV will have to go to port to get recharged. Just adding more batteries isn’t the answer. They’re too heavy and the extra weight and space needed can be counterproductive.
C-Power autonomous offshore power systems are the solution to electric vessel range-anxiety. By sizing the AOPS’ generation and energy storage capacities to vessel needs, we’re able to provide charging stations for a wide range of vessels, substantially improving their utilization and efficiency by avoiding unnecessary trips to port.
Image: XOCEAN-XO-450, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
The world needs a cleaner, more affordable alternative to power island and terrestrial grids that currently rely on costly fossil fuel-powered generation. Utility electric grids are seeking to replace coal- and natural gas-fueled generation and businesses need power for offshore minigrid operations.
C-Power is developing cost-effective, megawatt-scale renewable power solutions that deliver a near-baseload source of zero-carbon energy for a range of applications.