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Life Cycle Cost Analysis of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle that Employs Hydrogen Fuel Cell


The use of autonomous vehicles for marine and submarine work has risen considerably in the last decade. Developing new monitoring systems, navigation and communications technologies allows a wide range of operational possibilities. Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) are being used in offshore missions and applications with some innovative purposes by using sustainable and green energy sources. This paper considers an AUV that uses a hydrogen fuel cell, achieving zero emissions. This paper analyses the life cycle cost of the UAV and compares it with a UAV powered by conventional energy. The EN 60300-3-3 guidelines have been employed to develop the cost models. The output results show estimations for the net present value under different scenarios and financial strategies. The study has been completed with the discount rate sensibility analysis in terms of financial viability.

Funding source: The work reported here with has been supported by the European Project H2020 under the Research Grants H2020-MG-2018-2019-2020, ENDURUNS (grant agreement ID: 824348), and it was partly supported by the International Research & Development Program of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (Grant number: NRF2018K1A3A7A03089832).3.
Related subjects: Applications & Pathways

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