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Data Xplorer

Mapping the seafloor, offshore wind industries and protecting against illegal fishing

November 2020

Data Xplorer

Mapping the seafloor, offshore wind industries and protecting against illegal fishing

  • World Alliance Member
  • Featured Solution
  • Labelled Solution
Label Date November 18, 2020
From Canada
Maturity stage TRL 7 - Prototype testing in the real world

It is expensive, unsustainable and dangerous to research and monitor oceans and marine environments, yet that information is critical to protecting and understanding the ocean as well as the profitability of the $2.5 trillion marine industry. Data Xplorer is a solar-powered ocean drone, also known as an uncrewed surface vehicle (USV). Powered only by the sun, it can travel on the ocean for months at a time collecting ocean and environmental data using its suite of modular sensors. It sends the data back in real-time through secure communication systems and clients can control the USV from anywhere in the world using our user portal. Capable of traveling both in coastal waters and on the open ocean, and with a customizable platform for multiple sensor integration, it offers the ability to understand our oceans in an entirely new way. Utilizing this technology, Open Ocean Robotics provides specific services in seafloor mapping, marine mammal detection and enforcement against illegal fishing.

The Environmental Benefits

  • Guaranteed 40-hours of non-stop surveying in open waters
  • Capable of traveling autonomously and remotely for up to 1 year using only solar energy
  • 300 watts of solar panels providing sufficient energy to travel into wind and waves at speeds of up to 10 knots
  • 55 million kg of CO2 equivalent saved over a vessel's lifetime (equivalent to planting 27,000 full-grown trees)
  • 99% reduction in GHG emissions compared to mainstream alternatives (crewed ships outfitted with dedicated hydrographic survey equipment)
  • 0% risk of oil spill and 95% reduction in noise pollution -- critical factors for healthy marine ecosystems

The Financial Benefits

  • 90% cheaper than mainstream alternatives
  • Less than 1 year payback time
  • Zero fuel costs

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Open Ocean Robotics

At Open Ocean Robotics, we collect ocean data using our proprietary solar powered autonomous boats for research, government and offshore industries, providing ocean data that is more comprehensive, at a fraction of the cost and without greenhouse gas emissions.

Headquarters Victoria, BC V8Z 7X8, Canada
Type Company
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Greentown Labs

The largest cleantech incubator in the United States!

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Cleantech Group

The Cleantech Group is a company that supports the development and marketability of clean technologies. The Cleantech Group provides members of its Cleantech network access to capital, investors, research and promotional opportunities. The group also provides advisory services for large corporations and governments. Founded in 2002, the Cleantech Group owns the term "cleantech" as a registered trademark.

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