Open Water Power has developed a novel aluminum-water platform technology for undersea power generation. Invented and patented by our founders at MIT, the electrochemical system provides safe, scalable & non-toxic energy storage with extremely high energy density, resulting in a 10x improvement in the endurance of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) and sensors.
What the Market is Saying
“Low-cost, high energy density, safe, reliable, long-duration power sources are needed in all categories”
-US Navy: UUV Master Plan
“[Current] power and energy technologies for traditional, torpedo-like AUVs are deemed immature”
-RAND: A Survey of Missions for UUVs
“The interplay of launch and recovery capabilities with vehicle endurance will be a crucial factor in the commercial success of AUV systems”
-BP: Application of AUV Technology in the Oil Industry
Open Water’s technology harnesses the significant electrochemical energy inherent in aluminum metal. While a variety of mechanical and materials-based hurdles have traditionally made this energy difficult to access, our proprietary and patent-pending technology, developed at MIT, overcomes these issues to deliver a power system with 10x the energy density of the best lithium-ion systems.
In addition to improved energy density, our aluminum fuel cell technology is inherently safer and more stable than many other battery and fuel cell chemistries, as shown in the figure below. Prior to activation, our systems are chemically inert, with no risk of explosion and a virtually unlimited shelf life. Once our systems are activated with water, their safety profile is similar to that of household alkaline batteries.