“Seawater-drinking” battery could expand range of underwater drones

The recent acquisition of MIT spinout Open Water Power (OWP) by defence company L3 Technologies will help with the development of its innovative battery technology for a wide range of undersea applications, the company says.

OWP is currently working with the US Navy to develop new batteries for acoustic sensors designed to detect enemy submarines. It now also plans to work on technologies for unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) for ocean floor monitoring, sonar buoys and other marine research devices. Its next partnership will be with Riptide Autonomous Solutions, which will UUVs for underwater surveys.

The new type of battery is claimed to be safer and more durable than lithium ion technology, and according to OWP could increase the range of UUVs tenfold, while also making their operation easier.

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Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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