HOUSTON— A division of Teledyne Technologies Inc., a California-headquartered conglomerate known for its arsenal of technology, has taken its fuel cell system technology originally developed for NASA applications to the sea.

Fuel cells use hydrogen, or a different fuel source, to produce electricity. Other byproducts of the chemical process, which combines hydrogen and oxygen atoms, include heat and water. While the technology has been used to provide water for astronauts in space, Teledyne Energy Systems’ Jason Foess explained, it is also being used to provide power subsea for the oil and gas sector.

Launched in 2019, Teledyne’s “subsea supercharger” provides untethered power subsea, enabling autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) to power up and serving as backup power source for offshore infrastructure.

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