In a research course at MIT, a teaching assistant and two of his students conducted what they call a “modest experiment in a beaker.” It involved a small enriched blob of gallium in water and a platinum wire “so thin you could barely see it.” It turned out to be the first demonstration of Open Water Power’s technology: an aluminum-water platform technology for underwater energy storage and power generation. And, it’s anything but modest. It solves a significant endurance problem for the U.S. Navy and the oil and gas industry.
Open Water Power’s electrochemical system provides safe, scalable and non-toxic energy storage with extremely high energy density, promising a 10x improvement in the endurance of unmanned underwater vehicles and sensors. [DoD-funded research]