Seatrec, Inc. recently demonstrated that profiling instruments used for ocean exploration can be improved by pairing them with the SL1 thermal engine. A successful field trial was completed with Sea-Bird Scientific Navis autonomous profiling float mated to the Seatrec SL1. The SL1 harvests energy from temperature differentials in the ocean and converts it to stored electrical energy. Read our April 2019 press release.
Seatrec has been awarded a Phase I SBIR contract from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to pursue fundamental research and development related to “Clean Energy from Air-Sea Temperature Differences.” Seatrec will demonstrate the feasibility and commercial applicability of an environmental energy harvesting system that extracts thermal energy from the air-sea temperature differential and converts it to clean, useful electrical energy. The proposed thermal engine will have broad applicability but may be particularly well-suited for use at higher latitudes where wind and solar power solutions are suboptimal and the air-sea temperature contrast can exceed 20 deg C.
Seatrec is pleased to join a remarkable group of cleantech startups as a portfolio company with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). This relationship will support Seatrec’s growth and engagement with customers, investors, and the broader cleantech community.
Seatrec has been awarded a multi-year contract from the Office of Naval Research to pursue “Development of Ocean Thermal Energy Harvesting Systems.” The objective of this Phase II SBIR effort is to design, characterize, and prototype novel ocean thermal energy harvesting systems with the potential to support tactical and persistent UUV operations of relevance to the U.S. Navy.
Schmidt Marine Technology Partners, a working program of the Schmidt Family Foundation, has awarded support to Seatrec for development of a modular environmental energy harvesting capability for underwater gliders. This will increase the endurance and operational flexibility of a popular underwater vehicle and thereby enhance ocean research and ecosystem understanding.