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SolarDrifter / solar oceanographic drifter

SolarDrifter
SolarDrifter

The ocean contains various kinds of information that may affect us directly, such as current, temperature, and radioactivity. However, it is difficult to attain such oceanic information in real-time, in high resolution. SolarDrifter is a semi-permanent floating data-collector that collects and sends oceanic information in real-time while drifting along ocean currents. Flexible Thin Film Solar Cell on top of the buoy generates electric power to run sensors and telecommunication modules. Solar cell, not a single-use battery, is driving it, so SolarDrifter can travel long distances for a long time, collecting data from anywhere the current flows

University

KAIST

KAIST
Daejeon, South Korea

Design

KAIST

KAIST
Daejeon, South Korea

Yongkwan Kim, Sujin Yu, Kyounghee Son, Hayan Choi