Automar will stay in position without being anchored, using GPS-controlled electric motors. The Subwave 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.
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 is now mainly covered by drifting buoys, underwater gliders and subsea drifters. Drifting buoys must be replenished continuously with hundreds of new units per year. 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 also give a greater surplus of energy for scientific sensors and communication equipment than any other type of autonomous ocean observing platform.