Kraken nets $9M deep-sea battery contract
Kraken Robotics Inc., St. john’s NFLD, announced that Ocean Infinity has agreed to purchase $9-million of Kraken’s deep-sea batteries with delivery dates expected between Q4 2018 and Q4 2019.
“We are very pleased to receive this large battery order from Ocean Infinity to provide pressure tolerant battery technology to their AUVs,” says Karl Kenny, Kraken president and CEO. Kraken added this battery technology to our product portfolio through an investment in Kraken Power GmbH in Q2 2017, pursuant to which we acquired our current 19.9% ownership position.”
Since May 2017, Kraken Robotics has introduced Kraken Power to several new military and commercial customers. The firm’s unique pressure tolerant gel encapsulation technology for lithium polymer batteries provides an attractively priced, eco-friendly and superior alternative to oil compensated batteries currently used for subsea battery applications. Given the success of this relationship to date, Kraken expects to exercise its right to acquire the additional 55.1% ownership interest in Kraken Power at some point prior to the end of Q4 2018.”
“At Ocean Infinity, we own and operate the world’s most technologically advanced seabed data acquisition assets, capable of operating to extreme depths of up to 6,000 metres,” says Oliver Plunkett, Ocean Infinity president & CEO. “In our drive to add value for our clients we are constantly striving to push the boundaries of what can be achieved with technology. Maximizing underwater endurance is a critical aspect of our operational model. We invested considerable effort in understanding the current state of development in deep sea battery technology. Kraken’s pressure tolerant gel encapsulation process is simply brilliant. Using their technology, we can increase our energy capacity by over 50% in the same physical form factor as our existing conventional batteries. From an operational perspective this gives us considerable flexibility to optimise mission plans, increase area coverage, manage weather impact and ultimately increase value for our customers.”