3newable’s equipment will increase the amount of time between (very costly) ship voyages to service marine buoys, reducing expenses, emissions and ecological damage. Our wave energy converter, together with solar panels and wind generators, provides the power needed to keep ocean observation equipment running.
Even with sufficient renewable power, an oceanography buoy may still require frequent servicing due to biofouling on instrumentation. Chemical anti-biofoulants such as tributyltin are still allowed in many oceanography installations, but they are highly toxic in the environment and do not degrade rapidly. Light at certain ultraviolet wavelengths can inhibit the growth of biofouling without the use of chemical anti-biofoulants, thereby reducing environmental damage.
3newable's research is supported by an STTR award from the US Department of Energy.
The image at right is from work supported by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Ocean Observatories Initiative, a major facility fully funded by the NSF © WHOI.