Taiwan university develops remotely operated underwater vehicles

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Taipei, May 23 (CNA) National Sun Yat-sen University has developed several remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) that can go as deep as 4,000 meters in search of combustible ice, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) said Wednesday.

The development project, which began in 2013, and has yielded results in the form of high-resolution images of an underwater volcano off the coast of Kenting and specimen samples of mollusks and other organisms, MOST said.

With the ability to withstand water pressure at a depth of 4,000 meters, the ROVs can be used to explore combustible ice, also known as methane ice, in Taiwan's southwestern seas, the ministry said.

It said combustible ice, frozen fossil fuels that are seen as a viable source of renewable energy, could supply Taiwan with 50 years' worth of natural gas, which would help the country attain its goal of becoming a nuclear-free homeland by 2025.

The domestic ROVs feature technology and equipment such as an Automatic Transmitter Identification System, Fiber-optical Instrumentation Towed System, video guided multi-corer and TV Grabber, according to the ministry.

(By Chu Tse-wei and Kuan-lin Liu)

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