Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
 2009 projects
Instrumentation

OMEGA III: Biofuel Cell-Powered Instrumentation

Project Manager: Alana Sherman
Lead Scientists: Peter Girguis, Clare Reimers
Lead Engineers: Alana Sherman, Ed Mellinger

MBARI adjunct Peter Girguis has been awarded some MBARI ship time to test a microbial fuel cell as a novel method for powering Homer beacons, acoustic transponders used to relocate underwater objects of interest. If successful, this project could pave the way to a sustained presence of instruments on the seafloor without the need to use expensive and environmentally unfriendly conventional batteries.

Last updated: Apr. 23, 2009