Deep Sea Mining
Extracting minerals from the sea floor is a potentially huge business. We are involved in several programs driving the development of technology for automatic mineral identification.
Using the spectral fingerprints of metals and minerals, the UHI can automatically detect and map sea floor areas interesting for development. This has already been done from the air. We’re going to do it under water, using ROV’s and AUV’s.
Proper environmental mapping is necessary before exploitation of deep-sea minerals can be done at any site. Ecotone’s technology can automatically create subsea maps of the area. By repeatedly revisiting the same area, we can create time series of data revealing the environmental impact of the installation.
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