Adaptable Monitoring Package and ROV
PIs: Dr. Brian Polagye and Andy Stewart, University of Washington
Funding: U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Snohomish County Public Utility District and UW
This system will mount to a wave or tidal energy converter where it will have power and fiber connections back to shore, allowing for real-time monitoring and control. In order to perform maintenance on the instrumentation and to reconfigure the package for new experiments, the AMP is designed for recovery from and redeployment to a mount point on the converter (e.g., a “socket”). While marine renewable energy converters may remain in the water for several years between maintenance overhauls, the instruments on the AMP will likely require servicing every three to six months. We are developing a specialized deployment tool skid that will mate to a small inspection class ROV to fly the AMP down to its turbine mount. This system will enable recovery and redeployment of the AMP independently of the marine renewable energy converter being monitored.