Ocean Power Technologies has achieved independent certification for its utility-scale PowerBuoy, PB150, from Lloyd’s Register.
The certificate confirms that the PB150 design is in line with the requirements of Lloyd’s 1999 Rules and Regulations for the Classification of Floating Offshore Installations at a Fixed Location.
The approval offers a third-party assurance on the design of the PowerBuoy for its intended use, as analysed against international standards.
Lloyd’s Register renewables leader Ross Wigg said that the process included detailed design analysis and appraisals including the PB150’s structure, hydrodynamics, mooring and anchoring.
The first PB150 device is being prepared for transit to a location off the coast of Inverness, Scotland, for ocean testing.
The PowerBuoy wave-generation system uses an ocean-going buoy to capture and convert wave energy into electricity.
The movement of waves causes the buoy to move freely up and down, and the resulting power generated is transmitted ashore through an underwater power cable.
The device is fitted with sensors that continuously monitor the performance of the various subsystems and surrounding ocean environment, and relay the data ashore.