ABERDEEN, UK – As part of its involvement in Offshore Europe, The Underwater Centre announced a proposed test of a new light-emitting diode fiber illumination technology effective with up to 100 m (328 ft) of fiber optic cables. The technology is scheduled to be tested by subsea divers at the Centre in Fort William later this month.
As part of the trial, two of The Underwater Centre’s ROVs will also be used - one to perform diver observation of the rescue and the other to monitor the ROV observing the divers.
The LED technology was developed by PhotoSynergy, a company owned by the University of St Andrews. Named PSL-3000-M, the LED fiber illuminator is supposed to supply a continuous line of light for 100 m (328 ft) subsea. It is designed to enhance subsea diver, ROV, and tethered operations by giving a permanent light source visit at depths of up to 150 m (492 ft).