University of Washington Applied Physics Lab Shows First Commercially Sold C-Power System in Action

A next-generation SeaRAY autonomous offshore power system (AOPS), nicknamed the TigerRAY, has gotten wet! 

The TigerRAY was built for the University of Washington Applied Physics Lab (APL) to conduct a U.S. Navy-sponsored R&D project to investigate at-sea charging of unmanned underwater vehicles.  

The lab recently released video of the TigerRAY test deployment, showing a use case in action for how C-Power systems will power the future of the ocean economy and national defense. 

As seen in the video, it took only a handful of APL faculty and students to deploy the system from a small boat. C-Power’s systems are easy to transport and deployable anywhere in the world, unlocking innovation in critical industries such as offshore energy, defense and security, aquaculture, science and research, and communications. 

The video also highlights how operators on shore can control a remotely operated underwater vehicle to dock in a cassette on the seafloor to recharge and upload its data. In an upcoming demonstration of a larger SeaRAY AOPS in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and Navy at the Wave Energy Test Site in Hawaii, a Saab Seaeye will perform the same operations autonomously.  

The SeaRAY changes the ocean from a power desert into a power- and data-enriched environment, reducing operational costs, carbon emissions and complexity for offshore, island and coastal applications. 

These C-Power systems provide in-situ power, energy storage, and real-time data and communications support that will advance the marine economy toward a future of autonomous, connected and resident technologies. The systems are designed to support unmanned offshore activities, including subsea vehicles, sensor packages and operating equipment.