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Oregon State University Purchases Teledyne RD Instruments Explorer DVL for Renewable Energy Project

June 11, 2015
By Business Wire News


Teledyne RD Instruments, a global leader in acoustic Doppler current profiling and navigation innovations, recently supplied an Explorer Doppler velocity log (DVL) to Oregon State University’s School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering for a renewable energy project in partnership with the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center.

Designed to provide high quality navigation aboard small underwater platforms, the Explorer DVL will be integrated on a Teledyne SeaBotix ROV for a project that aims to minimize downtime during AUV deployments.

“Teledyne RDI’s Explorer DVL is a key component of the navigation system used on the SeaBotix vLBV300 during operation in offshore marine renewable energy arrays,” said Geoff Hollinger, Ph.D., the project’s co-principal investigator and assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University.

The goal of the project is to decrease maintenance and intervention time in marine renewable energy arrays opposed to using teleoperated ROVs. Specifically, researchers will focus on reducing deployment, operator, and shipboard operations times by 30 percent.

“Finding ways to reduce the cost of operations and maintenance for marine energy arrays will contribute to a lower overall cost of energy for this new technology sector,” said Belinda Batten, Ph.D., director of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center. For more on this research, visit

About Teledyne RD Instruments

As a global leader in acoustic Doppler innovations used for current profiling and precision navigation, Teledyne RD Instruments was founded in 1982 and revolutionized the industry through the development of the first acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP). A part of the Teledyne Marine group, Teledyne RD Instruments continues to be an innovative force in the industry by designing, improving, and manufacturing groundbreaking solutions used for current profiling, wave measurement, and precision navigation. With a staff of more than 170 scientists, engineers, technicians, and sales and support personnel, the company’s San Diego-based global headquarters is an 80,000-square-foot ISO-9001:2008 facility that includes state-of-the-art engineering, laboratory, manufacturing, and test areas. For more about Teledyne RD Instruments, visit and follow the company on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

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