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AtonisPro AIS Aton Transponder Helps to Mark the World’s Largest Ocean Wave Energy Harvesting Project

Wave Energy Harvesting ProjectThe Sotenäs Ocean Wave Energy Harvesting field, located off the SW coast of Sweden, is capable of generating 10 MW of power.  The wave-energy is produced by linear power generators located on the ocean floor with surface buoys driving the linear generators thru wave motion.

The wave buoys on the surface have a very low profile and are not easily visible by passing ships.  So the corners of the Sotenäs buoy field are marked by four, large, warning buoys.  One of the buoys is fitted with an AtonisPro AIS Aton transponder that reports the position of the buoy using the AIS system.  The AtonisPro also transmits the name and position of the other three buoys using a method called Synthetic AIS Aton reporting.

Ships passing nearby the area receive the messages transmitted by the AtonisPro and the buoy locations are plotted on the ship’s electronic display.  This provides the ship a clear indication of the extent of the buoy field and they are able to pass by with a large margin for safety.

       
     

Pharos Marine Automatic Power Completes Delivery of AIS Monitoring Systems to Malaysian Light Dues Board

Pharos Marine Automatic Power recently completed delivery of 30 AtonisPro AIS monitoring systems for the Malaysian Light Dues Board. 

AIS Monitoring SystemIn addition to 24 Lighthouses that were fitted with AtonisPro AIS units, six FA249LED, wide-angle, buoy lanterns with internal AtonisPro AIS units were installed on buoys.  The buoy units also included a dGPS IALA beacon receiver to enhance position reporting accuracy for the buoys.  The dGPS receivers take GPS corrections broadcast by the Malaysian dGPS network and applies them to the gps position reported in the buoys’ Message 21.

The delivery also included four FA-250LED beacons, two of which were configured as sectored lights, and iNAV AIS monitoring software with enhanced weather display features.   Two dual-integrity AtonisPro units were installed at extremely remote lighthouses.  The dual units operate simultaneously and if one unit fails it will take up the reporting of the other unit and send a failure notification to the Monitoring Center.

The AtonisPro AIS unit can also function as a repeater and this feature is used in a few locations in Malaysia to repeat AIS messages sent by buoys from lighthouses with much higher antenna heights, thereby increasing the range of the buoys’ AIS messages.

Pharos Marine Automatic Power has supplied over 51 AIS aton units to Malaysia over the past five years.   Several of the installations have incorporated meteorological and hydrological sensors with data being transmitted by AIS Message 8, including four tidal and current monitoring stations as part of the Malacca Straits reporting system.

Pharos Marine Automatic Power is a proven AIS aton transponder supplier with nearly 400 units installed worldwide.

       
     

Automatic Power appoints Meador president


July 27, 2011 -- Automatic Power, Inc., a portfolio company of Toxaway Capital Partners, today announced the appointment of Kenneth Meador as president.   Meador currently serves as president of TWR Lighting, Inc., another Toxaway Capital Partners portfolio company, and will continue in that role.
 
Meador has been instrumental in the success of TWR Lighting, a company that has been named to the “Inc. 5000” the last four years. Under his leadership, TWR maintained its strong market position in the telecommunications and broadcast sectors and has established itself as a leading provider of aviation obstruction lighting to the rapidly growing wind power industry.  Meador’s  accomplishments were recognized last year when he was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for the Manufacturing and Distribution Category for the Houston & Gulf Coast region.
 
“We are excited to have Ken’s leadership and expertise become part of the Automatic Power team,” said Scott Dickinson, CEO of Automatic Power Inc. (API).   “We believe that his demonstrated business acumen will significantly enhance API’s commitment to provide innovative products addressing the marine aids to navigation industries, and he will be instrumental in guiding our growth in, among other things, the offshore wind power industry in the U.S. and abroad. Additionally, we believe Ken’s dual role will play an important part in the strategic cohesiveness between API and TWR.”
 
Automatic Power, Inc. www.automaticpower.com is a leading manufacturer of marine aids to navigation, including foghorns, buoys, lighting systems and related products.  API is an industry leader in solar-powered  applications particularly for those deployed in harsh environmental conditions. API’s headquarters and manufacturing facilities are in Houston and maintains other offices in Texas, Louisiana, California and Virginia, as well as Singapore through a wholly-owned subsidiary.
 
TWR Lighting, Inc. www.twrlighting.com is a leading manufacturer and distributor of ETL Certified and FAA Approved aviation anti-collision lighting systems for communications and broadcast towers, wind turbines, industrial chimneys and smokestacks, bridges, water tanks and building tops. Established in 1981, the company serves a worldwide customer base from its facilities in Houston.
     

FA-165 EX 962 lanternAutomatic Power introduces the first LED-only Helideck Lighting System.

Automatic Power is pleased to introduce its unique helideck lighting solution that uses LED light sources for all the lighting requirements. The system starts with the LED lantern enclosure (FA-250EX 962 and FA-165 EX 962 lantern) which is comprised of cast base of LM-6 marine grade aluminum, an upper section with a toughened, tempered glass globe cemented into a support ring and a tapered spigot joint forming the flamepath. These lanterns are designed to provide superior heat, impact and UV resistance than competing plastic lanterns. Both lanterns are ATEX Zone 1 Certified EEx ‘d’. Ingress Protection is IP-66.

The FA-165EX lantern housing has a variety of LED internals to meet the helideck perimeter (compliant with CAP 437) and red obstruction light requirements (compliant with ICAO).  Power consumption is very low—5 watts for the green perimeter for light and only 3 watts for the 10 candela red aviation obstruction light.

The helideck flood light is an FA-165 EX lantern with high flux LED arrays are mounted at the focal point of a stainless steel, parabolic reflector.  The highly efficient reflector uses a state of the art dichroic hybrid spectral metal coating. The LED’s are mounted on metal core PCBs with patented integrated heat pipes to cool the LED arrays without a cooling fan.  This highly efficient, passive, cooling system gives the LED array the highest design life in the marketplace.

The illuminated windsock utilizes an FA-165 EX housing with a patent pending 10 watt array of red/orange and white LED to provide superior internal lighting for the windsock.

The helideck status light utilizes a single FA-250 EX housing with refractive optics that efficiently direct the red LED light to conform with CAP 437.  Utilizing metal core PCBs and heat pipe the CAP 437 requirement is met with one lantern housing.

The LED lights are powered by AM-11 remote electronics packages that may be located as much as 1000 meters from the light.  The AM-11 provides flash control, current limiting, monitoring output, photocell input and a synchronization terminal. The AM-11 system has the advantage of having all electronics located in a readily accessible location and having the lantern will just the LED components in a remote and potentially inaccessible location.  The LEDs in the lantern are driven at 160 volts maximum to save on wire size and expense. Nominal input voltage is 24 volts DC.

Each lantern has at least two M25 cable entries to remove the need for additional junction boxes.

       

FA-250 EX 15 mile lantern Automatic Power delivers complete ATEX certified Zone 1 EEx ‘d’, LED based 15/10/3 mile platform lighting system.

Automatic Power has delivered what is believed to be the first LED-only, Zone 1 EEx ‘d’ rated 15/10/3 mile, Morse ‘U’, obstruction lighting system for the Deep Panuke offshore platform project in the North Atlantic Ocean off of Nova Scotia, Canada. To meet the 15 mile requirement, four each 1X22 high flux LED arrays are mounted at the focal point of a stainless steel, parabolic reflector. The highly efficient reflector uses a state of the art dichroic hybrid spectral metal coating. The LED’s are mounted on metal core PCBs with patented integrated heat pipes to cool the LED arrays without a cooling fan. This highly efficient, passive, cooling system gives the LED array the highest design life in the marketplace.

The LED lights are powered by AM-11 remote electronics packages that may be located as much as 1000 meters from the light. The AM-11 provides flash control, current limiting, monitoring output, photocell input and a synchronization terminal. The AM-11 system has the advantage of having all electronics located in a readily accessible location and having the lantern will just the LED components in a remote and potentially inaccessible location. The LEDs in the lantern are driven at 160 volts maximum to save on wire size and expense. Nominal input voltage is 24 volts DC.

The LED array/parabolic mirror is more efficient than current incandescent models. Average power consumed is 3 watts for the 10 mile white and 50 watts for the 15 mile lights.

The LED lantern enclosure is comprised of cast base of LM-6 marine grade aluminum, an upper section with a toughened, tempered glass globe cemented into a support ring and a tapered spigot joint forming the flamepath. This lantern system provide superior heat, impact and UV resistance than competing plastic lanterns. Ingress Protection is IP-66.

Two M20 and and M25 cable entries remove the need for additional junction boxes.

The controller has a nominal input of 24 volts to accommodate solar power systems or standby batteries. The lantern is approved and available for other input voltages including 12, 18, 24 volts DC or 110V, 220V, or 240 VAC 50-60 HZ.

       

FA250 LED LR Automatic Power FA-250LED L864 FAA Approved

Automatic Power is pleased to announce the newest addition to its wide range of industry leading LED lanterns. The FA-250LEDL864 uses state-of-the-art LED technology incorporating a patented heatpipe system that keeps the LED’s operating temperature at the lowest possible level. The Lantern’s low operating temperature provides the longest LED life available in the obstruction lighting market today. The lantern has ETL certification for compliance to FAA L-864 and ICAO 6.1.13. standards for a medium intensity flashing red obstruction light. The light also features outstanding power efficiency consuming 26 watts average power. With 24 VDC input, the light is ideal for applications with battery backup, including solar power applications.

       

Automatic Power Delivers Large Buoy and Lighthouse Order for La Union Port Development Project

Automatic Power, Inc. has completed supply of a large order of aids to navigation equipment in support of the La Union Port Development Project. The equipment was supplied under contract to TOA CORPORATION, Sucursal, El Salvador. Automatic Power delivered nine BL-826 2.5 meter, five BL-717 2.2 meter, and two BL-620 2.0 meter Steel Harbor Buoys with solar-powered FA-249 155 mm LED Lanterns controlled by Uniflash-III GPS synchronizing systems . All the buoys were outfitted with ATONIS-1000 AIS Aids to Navigation Transponders housed in the base of the lanterns. The very low power consumption of the LED Lantern, Uniflash-III synchronizing system and ATONIS-1000 AIS ATON transponder required only two 20-watt solar arrays on each buoy to power the complete electronics and lighting package.

In addition to the buoys, Automatic Power supplied an 11.5 meter aluminum lighthouse with an APRB-252 rotating beacon. Designed to withstand 120 mile per hour hurricane winds, the aluminum tower features a 3/8” thick extruded skin and a 3.5 meter gallery deck. Located on the lighthouse is an ATONIS-3000R AIS Repeater—the only available AIS repeater that is suitable for solar-power operation— and a VHF-FM radio repeater. All lighthouse equipment is powered by a solar panel/battery system.

A fully-equipped Control Center with AIS receiver, ICAN Horizon VTS/Aton monitoring software, weather station sensors and VHF-FM communications equipment completed the order.

     

Pharos Marine/Automatic Power introduces 12-mile LED Marine Lantern

Pharos Marine/ Automatic Power is pleased to announce the first orders for the newly introduced FA-250 LED LR Marine Lantern. This optic incorporates state of the art high flux LEDs coupled with a parabolic mirror system to give unique operational performance. The individual LEDs are operated at a de-rated power setting and coupled to a unique- patent pending-cooling system which ensures that the LEDs are able to maintain intensity well beyond the life of current products.

The lantern features a unique combination of high intensity, optical efficiency and wide vertical divergence that makes it ideally suited for a wide range of signaling applications. Nominal range is in excess of 12 miles (greater than 17.5 miles in areas with higher transmissivity). Vertical Divergence is greater than 12 degrees.

       

OCTOBER 2006

Automatic Power delivers Industrial Solar Array for Gulf of Mexico Platform

Automatic Power recently designed, fabricated, tested and commissioning a large purpose built solar array which is the primary power supply for a Gulf of Mexico platform. Although the solar panels were mechanically arranged in a single array, the electrical output divided into five individual independent systems each having its own battery bank and powering its own load. All systems were wired to be in full compliance with NEC Class1 Division 2 Hazardous Area requirements. Unique requirements of the design included the requirement to be able to fold the top row of the array to stay within the maximum width for highway transportation. To facilitate installation on the platform offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, the arrays and batteries as a system were lifted by a crane from the deck of a barge to the deck of the platform. Due to the limited reach of the barge crane, the array was fitted with removable wheels which were used to roll the array to its proper location on the deck of the platform.

 

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