HNEI researchers conducted an exploratory study for DARPA to develop a conceptual design for a seafloor electricity generation system to provide ~100W to recharge AUVs or to power bottom-moored instruments. A system was proposed based on PEM fuel cells that utilized reformed methane from seeps or hydrate outcroppings and stored oxidizer, in the form of H2O2.
Point Person: Stephen Masutani
Papers & Proceedings
- 2009, M.A. Reese, S.Q. Turn, H. Cui, High pressure autothermal reforming in low oxygen environments, Journal of Power Sources, Vol. 187, Issue 2, pp. 544–554