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Electrochemical buoyancy engine for autonomous undersea platforms

An electrochemical engine for buoyancy is provided with the engine having a water-tight and gas-tight chamber containing a volume of seawater. The electrochemical buoyancy engine contributes electrons for reduction of hydrogen protons in the seawater using a sufficient voltage applied to an anode and a cathode disposed in the seawater. The generated hydrogen gas is held in the chamber to provide the desired buoyancy and can be vented to adjust the buoyancy.
Inventors: 

Thomas S. Ramotowski

Patent Number: 
US8689714
Patent Issue Date: 
May 8, 2014
Email: 
NUWC_NPT_TPEO@navy.mil
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