A new work class remotely operated underwater vehicle from SMD introduces electric drive technology to the subsea sector in a modular package.
The new Quantum EV ROV prototype, showcased at Offshore Europe in Aberdeen is equipped with a new 25kW high power electric thrust system, a new long-distance DC transmission solution and a locally managed DC power system. The new platform also features advanced flight processing for super stability, battery compatibility for tetherless operations and is built to accept AI command technology.
SMD has been subjecting the newly developed technologies and the new vehicle to a thorough testing program that will continue over the coming months. First deliveries are expected to begin in 9-12 months.
The technology is suitable for traditional vessel, unmanned vessel and resident applications. One of the novel things about the EV technology is its modular flexibility, the design is future-ready, component-based, modular architecture which can be extrapolated for different uses; easily transferred for use in AUVs and USVs.
Craig Simpson, CRE Director commented on the launch of the new EV technology: “We have supported SMD on their ROV & Trencher vehicles for a number of years and we are delighted to be chosen as connector manufacturer for their new vehicle.<.p>
The design required our team to develop and test several new contact configurations and a new shell size, which we achieved within the agreed timescale. The new eROV promises a step change in performance and reliability; high performance connectors and cable assemblies are integral to the operation of this advanced vehicle.”