Shearwater Research to Develop Scrubber Sensor

BREAKING NEWS: The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) has granted a non-exclusive license to Vancouver, Canada-based Shearwater Research for a new system that estimates the remaining capacity of the CO2 absorbent in a diver’s closed circuit rebreather (CCR) system.  This invention was developed by a scientist at the Navy Experimental Dive Unit in Panama City, FL.

The event marks a significant milestone in the advancement of CCR systems, particularly in the area of safety, as there is currently no dependably accurate method of measuring the remaining capacity of CO2 absorbent scrubber material in rebreathers – presenting one of the primary “dangers” commonly associated with rebreather diving.  The possibility of being able to accurately and dependably measure remaining scrubber capacity, combined with the great number of advantages already provided by the dive industry’s leading technical dive computer, the Shearwater Predator, is extremely promising.


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