Austin-based ocean data company Terradepth has found their unmanned submarine is able to collect and analyze data completely autonomously after completing its Phase I trial.
After a dip in Lake Travis, the company said in a statement that the submarine can collect and analyze its own data completely on its own, something that could help them map the entire ocean in the future.
As the world's first deep ocean data-as-a-service business, Terradepth's goal is to make ocean data cheaper and easier to access. Because no human operator is needed, this study is a step in the right direction, says Joe Wolfel, Terradepth co-founder.
"The success of our first trial is an important first step towards democratizing ocean data, and is another important step toward our goal of sharing information that can help to conserve and protect 98.5% of Earth's livable space—the ocean," Wolfel said.
Here's what the Lake Travis study found:
- Using an algorithm, the submarine can detect objects of interest on its own
- The machine can prepare and process sonar data
- The submarine takes out human intervention from interpreting data with an autonomous "onboard data processing pipeline"
- The pipeline can send "snippets" of information to humans when finding objects of interest to ensure the data is accurate
- The submarine's findings line up with known objects of interest within Lake Travis
With the submarine, Terradepth can soon start "draining the ocean of ignorance," as its website reads.
Terradepth was founded in 2018 by former Navy SEALs who saw that much of the ocean—and as much as 65% of the world—is still unmapped. Through ocean exploration, co-CEO Judson Kauffman attests that mysteries about what's both under and above the waters will be uncovered.
"Deep ocean data promises to enlighten and advance us on everything from the understanding of flora and fauna to weather to how the world works," Kauffman said.
That new knowledge goes hand-in-hand with ocean conservation. According to Terradepth's website, the technology can provide uncharted data on climate change and more to companies with ecological responsibility.
After completing more testing phases, Terradepth hopes to use its fleets of autonomous submarines to tackle Earth's final frontier and help humans understand the Earth better than ever before.
Someday, electric vehicles could go distances fit for road trips across Texas.
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, who have previously made strides in the lithium-ion battery industry, have developed a new electrode for such batteries that could draw greater power and allow faster charging.
So far, the research has looked at just a single type of battery electrode and is in its early stages. But it offers exciting potential as some buyers consider driving range an important factor when making the switch to an EV or picking one.
Tesla’s Model Y being produced out of Giga Texas, for example, offers an estimated 330-mile range, which is lower than what many have become accustomed to in gas-powered vehicles.
So UT professor Guihua Yu, along with other researchers, had their findings on battery electrodes published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“The unprecedented growth of electric vehicles during the past decade has played an indispensable role in paving the way for a carbon-neutral future,” the researchers write.
That’s why it’s key to address a hitch with next-generation batteries, where restacking material can cause “significant bottlenecks” in charge transport, Yu says. Consequently, it can be difficult to achieve high energy and fast charging.
To tackle the sluggish reactions of electrodes, the team used thin two-dimensional materials as the building blocks and stacked them to create thickness. Then, they used a magnetic field to manipulate their orientations and put the materials in vertical alignment. In doing so, researchers essentially made a fast lane for ions to travel through the electrode.
They compared their results to a commercial electrode and a horizontally arranged one for experimental control purposes. In that comparison, they recharged the vertical thick electrode to 50% energy level in 30 minutes. The horizontal electrode took 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Zhengyu Ju, a graduate student in Yu’s research group who is leading this project, said the team’s electrode shows superior electrochemical performance.
In part, that’s “thanks to the unique architecture we designed,” Ju said. It ultimately allowed for high mechanical strength, high electrical conductivity and facilitated lithium-ion transport.
Going forward, the team aims to generalize their methodology of vertically organized electrode layers to apply it to different types of electrodes using other materials. They imagine if this technique becomes more widely adopted in industry, it may create future fast-charging, high-energy batteries to power EVs.
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