DEVELOP Competition:

Develop a Marine Energy Powered System

We anticipate the theme of the DEVELOP Competition will be Buoys and Autonomous Systems, a combination of buoys, floats, and tags and unmanned systems.


Unmanned vehicles may include aerial, surface, or underwater mobile vehicles used for ocean observing, monitoring, or exploration. This theme includes, but is not limited to, ideas that use marine energy as a means of propulsion, to recharge batteries, or more generally to increase the range, duration or performance of the vehicle. Buoys, floats, tags, drifters, and other similar ocean observing platforms are typically stationary or mobility-constrained systems used for long-duration observations. They may be surface or subsurface and can host one or many instruments. This theme includes, but is not limited to, ideas that use marine energy to increase platform longevity, energy availability, or other similar performance characteristics.


More details on the challenge topic within the theme is coming soon, and past participation in the DISCOVER competition is not required for participation in the DEVELOP Competition.

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