Design and Development of Renewable Energy powered Autonomous Smart Ocean Surface VehiclE


A Joint initiative between Centre for Smart Robotics, Space Technology and Renewable Energy, Advanced Research Institute, Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute (Deemed to be University with special Autonomy Status) and Teaching Learning Centre for Design and Manufacturing Education, IIITDM-Kancheepuram

Aim of Project:

1. Design indigenous Autonomous Architecture for boats
2.Poly-Propulsion Smart Intelligence System.
3.Low cost Product Development
4.Catamaran Hull design (University Design)

Benefits of the Project:

1. Transition from ROV to ASV for better performance and reliability.
2. Smart system architecture built from scratch for both Navigation and Propulsion.
3. Can be customized based on Mission.
4. Can be incorporated in Defence standards as per requirement.
5. Made at Low-Cost and considered as indigenous product under Make in India Scheme
Brief details about the boat:

The Renewable energy powered Autonomous Smart Ocean Surface vehiclE is a smart intelligent vehicle that autonomously drives with GPS feedback servo control and at any kind of hindrances. The vehicle acts smartly and reaches its destination continuously. The vehicle will serve applications of the future space programmes for manned space missions involving re-entry and pick up from the ocean surface and also Defence applications with the highest contribution. The propulsion designed system is a hybrid system of solar, wind and wave energy powered for long endurance missions. The prototype has proved the capability of autonomous travel of 700 metres at ECR Back waters. The endurance has proved for more than 6 Hrs in solar alone. The design of the boat is basically be a fusion of catamaran and aircraft carrier. Storage and mooring of additional vessels is also in the pipeline for utilization of multithemed missions. Ultimately Ocean Trials are in the pipeline and demonstration of the hybrid propulsion system is a stone throw away.


Our work in brief:




  • Marine Archaeology
  • Surveillance Vehicles for Defence
  • Oceanographic Research
  • Swarm water drones
  • Search and Rescue vehicle

Staff Involved:

Advisors and Staff involved:

  • Dr. Shashi Bhushan Singh - Former Director, DRDO -NMRL
  • Dr. R. Venkatesan, Scientist G & Programme Director Ocean Observation Systems, NIOT
  • Dr. S.R. Pandian, Dean Planning, IIITD&M Kancheepuram
  • Dr. P. Aravindan, Principal Director R&D
  • D. Pandurengan, Director Defence Projects ARI
  • Dr. P. Palanisamy, Dean ARI
  • Sa.K. Vishnoo Prathap, Head C.S.R.S.R.
  • M. Kamalahasan, Research Engineer
  • T. Raghu, Design Engineer
  •  D. Surendiren Muthukumar, Research Consultant
  •  S. Dinesh, Research Consultant

Students Involved:

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

  • Dipen Sarkar (Final Year Student) – Hull Design

Dept. of Electrical and Electronics Engineering

  • K. Sriram Sachin (Final Year Student) – Power Distribution
  • C.V. Yogalakshmi (Final Year Student) – Power System
  • Y.SARAVANA KUMAR (Final Year Student) – Control System