Automar is an anchorless observation buoy which can stay on position for years by means of electric thrusters powered by a Subwave turbine. This will be the first product from Waveco based on the Subwave technology.

Automar stays in position without being anchored, using GPS-controlled electric motors. The cable under the buoy ensures that wave motion is transferred to the Subwave turbine in the deep. The turbine provides power to keep the battery in the Automar charged at any time. The battery supplies power to the motors and to equipment on board. Sensors and communication equipment are tailored to the customer's need.

Why unmoored?

Anchored observation buoys are used for long-term observations from fixed positions. But moorings are expensive and the cost increases with depth.

Observation of deep ocean areas are covered by drifting buoys, underwater gliders and subsea drifters. Drifting buoys must be replenished continuously with hundreds of new units per year (Argo floats). Long-term observations from fixed positions are therefore nearly non-existent from deep ocean areas, which covers most of the world's ocean areas. This will change with Automar.

Automar will give a greater surplus of energy for scientific sensors and communication equipment than any other type of autonomous ocean observing platform.

Who needs Automar?

AUTOMAR will be useful for any institution involved in observation of the oceans.

  • Oceanography
  • Meteorology
  • Marine Biology
  • Climate
  • Environment
  • Fisheries
  • Navigation
  • Communication
  • Naval Defense