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

 

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