Development and manufacturing of a ROV operated ion detection system to detect underwater mineral deposits.
The main objective of the research project Sea Mining Skid, consists of the design and manufacturing of a skid able to be operated by a survey ROV (Remoted operated vehicle) equipped with mineral detection tools able to work in deep seabed.
The system will have an innovative ion detection equipment of minerals, as well as a specific software to control and collect the data sent from de skid.
This Skid will also be equipped with various devices for preparing and extracting samples from the seabed. As well as diverse systems for location and geo-positioning that will allow determining the exact location of the mineral deposits.
The Sea Mining Skid project as a whole has been executed according to schedule, ending in December
2018. Thanks to the work of the consortium, and the capabilities put in common, including the possibility of
having an ROV fully equipped with survey tools that complement the Ionic Mineral Detector in
a mineral prospecting scenario in a submerged environment, it has been possible to carry out
an integration of a complete system. Sea trials have demonstrated the capacity and operability of
the SMS skid prototype, mounted on a working ROV with the payload of auxiliary elements necessary
for said surveys, giving the system excellent potential.
- 1,16 M€
- ACSM S.L.U., Quantum innovative S.L., Subsea Mechatronics S.L.
Project ITC-20161046 funded by the CDTI with financing by ERDF funds through the call INNTERCONECTA 2016. The Project is supported by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, and the European Union. Project qualified by CDTI as activity of technological research and development.