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Development and demonstration of a long-endurance sea surveying autonomous unmanned vehicle with gliding capability powered by hydrogen fuel cell

ENDURUNS

Development and demonstration of a long-endurance sea surveying autonomous unmanned vehicle with gliding capability powered by hydrogen fuel cell

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Background & policy context: 

Battery-powered autonomous unmanned vehicles (AUVs) have been used to study the seabed without the requirement of a human operator. Their operational endurance is limited by the available battery charge. Gliders, an AUV subclass, use small changes in their buoyancy to move like a profiling float. By using their wings, gliders can convert the vertical motion to horizontal, propelling themselves forward with very low power consumption. Hence, mission duration can be extended to months and to thousands of kilometers. However, gliders are suited for a particular set of missions involving relatively basic measurements and seabed mapping cannot be performed due to their inherent inability to cruise in a straight line. A surface support vessel is standard practice for launch and recovery of AUVs. The requirement to have a support vessel adds to the overall mission cost. Therefore higher endurance is needed in AUV platforms in order to bring mission costs down and improve the ocean exploration capability.

Objectives: 

The ENDURUNS project will deliver a step-change in AUV technology by implementing a novel hybrid design powered by hydrogen fuel cell. An Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) will support the operation of the AUV, providing geotagging and data transmission capability to and from the control centre on shore.

Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Programme Other: 
MG-BG-01-2018 Unmanned and autonomous survey activities at sea:
Lead Organisation: 

Altus Lsa Commercial And Manufacturing SA

Address: 
RENIERI STR 9
CHANIA
73134
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€750,625
Partner Organisations: 

On Air S.r.l.

Address: 
VIA CARLO BARABINO 26/4
16129 GENOVA
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€349,250

Uab Metis Baltic

Address: 
JOGAILOS G 4
01116 VILNIUS
Lithuania
EU Contribution: 
€405,000

Graal Tech Srl

Address: 
VIA EGIDIO TAGLIOLINI 26
16152 GENOVA
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€822,500

Swiss Approval South East Mediterranean Sea (Sems) Ltd

Address: 
ARCH. MAKARIOU 2-4, CAPITAL CENTER, 2ND FLOOR, OFF 27-28
1065 NICOSIA
Cyprus
EU Contribution: 
€349,375

Space Applications Services

Address: 
Leuvensesteenweg 325
1932 ZAVENTEM
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€552,015

Tuco Yacht Værft Aps

Address: 
KROGSBJERGVEJ 2
5600 FAABORG
Denmark
EU Contribution: 
€448,500

The University Of Birmingham

Address: 
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€707,500

Hysytech Srl

Address: 
STRADA DEL DROSSO 33 18
10135 TORINO
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€595,875

Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche

Address: 
Piazzale Aldo Moro
185 Roma
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€550,875

Valstybes Imone Klaipedos Valstybinio Juru Uosto Direkcija

Address: 
J JANONIO 24
92251 KLAIPEDA
Lithuania
EU Contribution: 
€297,500

National Center For Scientific Research "demokritos"

Address: 
Patriarchou Gregoriou Str.
15310 Aghia Paraskevi
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€396,250

Engitec Systems International Limited

Address: 
143 SPYROU KYPRIANOU AVENUE CHRYSANTHOU BUSINESS C
3083 LIMASSOL
Cyprus
EU Contribution: 
€385,000

Universidad De Castilla - La Mancha

Address: 
CALLE ALTAGRACIA 50
13071 CIUDAD REAL
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€398,125

Zarras Dimitrios

Address: 
APOSTOLOS PAVLOU 9 NEO IRAKLEIO
141 22 ATHENS
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€250,000

Compagnie Maritime D Expertises Sa

Address: 
BOULEVARD DES OCEANS 36
13009 MARSEILLE
France
EU Contribution: 
€649,875
Technologies: 
Development phase: