The state of sea exploration is fast changing. The dark, high-pressure conditions of the ocean depths that once made research impossible are now being explored with cutting-edge technology. One of the recent discoveries made in the field of deep-ocean exploration is the proliferation of biofluorescence in the darkest parts of the sea. Realms that look pitch black to human eyes are, in fact, filled with more than 250 species of fish that glow in red, orange, and green hues. To detect this effect, researchers have built a camera that filters out certain wavelengths of light. Combined with artificial blue light to enhance the fluorescent colour, this equipment allows scientists to record the light show of these fishes. Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), which is a computer-controlled system operating undersea, is another technology that is changing ocean exploration. AUVs are unmanned underwater robots akin to the Curiosity rover NASA uses on Mars. AUVs have no physical connection to their operator, who may be onshore or aboard a ship. Rather, AUVs are self-guiding and self-powered vehicles that can glide from the sea surface to ocean depths and back.
That is not all. The latest invention in ocean exploration is a cyborg jellyfish—half-jellyfish, half-robot—that can swim nearly three times faster than a regular jellyfish, and which one day can be remotely steered to collect information from deep ocean waters. Scientists are currently working on refining the device to collect data such as water temperature, salinity, pH and other measures.
Ocean technology is not a new market but it has been somewhat overlooked. The silver lining is that companies can now take advantage of the relatively limited interest in the world’s seas, by developing entirely new products. Highlighting such new technological developments in the ocean tech market, Enterprise Technology Review has compiled a list of ‘Top 10 Ocean Tech Companies in Europe – 2020’that are making waves in ocean technology. The enlisted organisations are transforming the ocean research operations at the convergence of several disruptive technologies. Besides, the magazine also comprises insights from thought leaders in the sector on the industry trends, best practices, recent innovations, and their advice for the aspiring CIOs.
We present to you Enterprise Technology Review’s, “Top 10 Ocean Tech Companies in Europe – 2020.”