Instead of relying on bulky titanium cylinders to protect the sensitive electronics from the seawater and pressure, we can design the electronics such that they can handle the pressure. With a deep understanding of the underlying physics, supported by excellent engineering courses at the TU Delft in electronics design and material science, our team is able to reduce the size and mass of deep sea electronics to a fraction of its original.
Imagine trying to use a corded lawn mower to mow a soccer field. Besides the great lengths of electrical cable you have to bring, you also have to make sure it doesn’t get tied up somehow, and after use, spend time to neatly store it again. Now imagine doing this with a 5km long cable, in 3D, from a ship in the waves, attached to an extremely expensive and delicate piece of equipment. We can avoid all of this complexity (and associated costs), by ‘simply’ removing the cable. By applying the recent progress on autonomous cars and autonomous (aerial) drones to our underwater robots, we can make certain operations much easier, safer and less expensive.
The subsea sector suffers from some of the same problems that the space industry knows. Because of the (traditionally) incredibly expensive, high stakes and highly specialised subsea projects, the supply chain for components and subsystems is a nightmare. Long lead times, untransparent resellers, and often, the performance of products suffer because they have been adapted to fit as many applications as possible. By critically evaluating what is really needed, and because of the reduced complexity thanks to our MPTE technology, we can often solve problems with run-of-the-mill parts, the same that you could find in your local hardware store. This not only reduces costs, it also makes the production of our robots much more scalable.
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