China's first center for R&D and
trials of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) will open at the Xiangshan
Marine Scientific & Technological Port in the first half of 2019.
300 million-yuan ($47-million) project is being constructed in the
Zhuhai National Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone in Tangjiawan. The
complex is shaped like a double-hull carrier and the main building was
topped on Aug 8.
It is situated south
of Tangjia Bay and north of North Lovers Avenue, covering 32,000 sq m
(7.9 acres). The first phase has total floorage of more than 50,000 sq m
(12.4 acres), with access to 26,000 sq m (6.4 acres) of the sea and 31
The achievement belongs mainly to Zhuhai
Yunzhou Intelligence Technology, also known as Oceanalpha. Company
founder and chairman Zhang Yunfei revealed that the park will conduct a
range of USV tests and increase the accumulation rate and iteration
speed of related technologies by a factor of five to 10. It will have
laboratories, test grounds, and a complete set of R&D equipment
costing 100 million yuan ($15.6 million).
municipal and provincial key project will extend the USV marine
equipment industry chain. New-generation information technology,
high-end intelligent equipment, and new materials will also get a boost,
as will developments related to low-carbon economy and the ocean,
according to Zhang.
Several leading scientific research
institutions, national key university laboratories, and giant
manufacturers have decided on or are contemplating cooperation with the
park, sources say.
Construction is being carried out by the third branch of China Railway Group 2.