SAUVs: Solar Powered Robots For Clean Water

We think we too may have dreamed this up during our G.I. Joe phase as kids, but researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have been testing some pretty damn neato underwater, solar-powered robots at Lake George, N.Y. With the goal of developing a network of distributed sensing devices and water-monitoring robots, including solar-powered autonomous underwater vehicles (SAUVs) like the one seen here, the scientists are hoping to detect chemical and biological trends that may guide the management and improvement of water quality. The SAUVs will allow underwater robots to be deployed long-term by using solar power. Once fully realized, the technology will hopefully allow for more accurate monitoring of complex environmental systems. The researcher considers this research a big step in obtaining real-time, 3-D sensor monitoring of water quality, which would be a boon to watery eco-systems. Via Exuberant Pantaphobia ::Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute [by MO]