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uSEA Receives Funding for Autonomy

uSEA Technologies illustration of unmannes surface vessel supporting autonomous underwater vehicles.
uSEA Technologies illustration of unmannes surface vessel supporting autonomous underwater vehicles.

uSEA Technologies has received about 6.5 million NOK from the Research Council of Norway to develop its active towed docking station for AUVs.

uSEA works to step-change autonomy for marine and underwater robotics to offer seabed surveys and mapping, pipeline and subsea cable inspection as well as environmental monitoring.

– uSEA is one of the cluster’s most existing start-up companies, says Jon O. Hellevang Senior Ocean Technology Innovation in GCE Ocean Technology. Founder and CEO Felipe Lima has taken part in several of our events including giving presentations about their technologies at our Subsea Innovation Day focusing on autonomy, earlier this year.

Stone by Stone

The new project awarded to uSEA will be conducted in collaboration with Blue Logic and NTNU. This will address parts of the overall concept of autonomous underwater docking operations with the highest technical risks.

– We have earlier received funding from ESA BIC Norway and the Norwegian Space Agency for development concerning use of satellite communication, says Felipe Lima. Through these two projects we are closing the main technology gaps of our concept, towards an unmanned, all-weather subsea survey system. The objective is to integrate all components in a pilot project.

Support from GCE Ocean Technology

uSEA has received pre-project funding from GCE Ocean Technology to take their technology further and participated in our course about project development.

We would like to express our thanks to GCE Ocean Technology for the support with pre-project funding. Being a member in the cluster has not only been a great pleasure, but also has made an invaluable difference in our business development, says Lima.

GCE Ocean Technology provides financial and professional support and advice for free for our partners and members. Next deadline for application for pre-project funding is Friday 31 January.

For more information about the application process, templates, evaluation criteria and process, please contact us or visit our project funding web pages.

Contact Information

Jon O. Hellevang

Senior Ocean Technology Innovator

Jon O. Hellevang

Financial Support

GCE Ocean Technology provides financial and professional support to establish externally funded RDI projects. Our partners and members can apply for pre-project funding from GCE Ocean Technology to form the basis for larger RDI projects.

GCE Ocean Technology has so far helped secure more than 1 Billion NOK in externally funded RDI projects run and owned by the cluster companies.