Pittsburgh, October 10, 2012 – Eaton Corp. will help to develop an underwater, utility-scale energy generation system for the U.S. Navy. Eaton is contracted to support the project’s land-based engineering, and will develop high-voltage electrical distribution equipment to efficiently convert and transmit safe, reliable alternative energy from the depths of the ocean to Navy shore facilities.
Eaton’s participation in the project is in collaboration with privately held marine service providers Eclipse Group Inc., and Triton Energy Systems.
The system will enable the Naval Facilities Engineering Command to use underwater turbine electricity production technology to provide a sustainable source of utility-scale power by capturing power from ocean currents. NAVFAC is the U.S. Navy’s engineering command committed to the procurement and maintenance of the Navy’s land-based and port facilities.
For the project, Eaton has been designated as an Eclipse qualified partner on a Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) SEAPORT-E five year contract with a possible capacity in excess of $19 billion.
The Eaton Electrical Service and Systems division will provide land-based engineering service support as well as coordination of long-term operational land-based maintenance. The EESS division will also thoroughly document the project to create a model for future applications of this developing alternative energy model.
The division is one of the largest and most experienced teams of power system engineers in the industry with dedicated facilities across the world. Eaton will also dedicate a safety support team to accommodate all aspects of safety system engineering and installation.