Exploration and production of high-end minerals and metals
Seabed mining is coming
Bringing mineral riches and fears of epic extinctions
The plans are advancing to harvest precious ores from the ocean floor and the technology is available. It’s the financial and regulatory uncertainty that has held the industry back.
The world is striving for a better and more sustainable future. In the evolution of green energy production, fossil-free transportation and booming global communication, certain minerals are playing an increasingly important role. The needs for these minerals and metals are increasing, along with the need for a reduced footprint from extraction and production.
SEALAB can help the industry to start mining by bringing visual information on how operators can avoid causing serious environmental harm.
The quiet place
The deep sea — usually defined as the realm below 200 meters — is a world of extremes. Temperatures near the seabed in many places hover near 0 °C, there is next to no light, and pressures can exceed 1,000 bars, equivalent to having a couple of elephants standing on your big toe. But still, life thrives. The deep sea contains a vast array of ecosystems that researchers have barely begun to study.
Without more information about these deep-sea environments, researchers don’t even know how to define the risks. “What is serious harm? There are some clear red lines. Machine vision and superb image quality from SEALAB will be necessary when humanity starts mining deep sea.