OPT’s PowerBuoy device faces sea tests deployed in the US

24 August 2011 (Last Updated August 24th, 2011 18:30)

Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) has deployed its autonomous wave energy device PowerBuoy for sea trials and is currently undergoing ocean tests following its deployment 20 miles off the coast of New Jersey, US. The company developed the device under the US Navy's littoral expeditionary a

Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) has deployed its autonomous wave energy device PowerBuoy for sea trials and is currently undergoing ocean tests following its deployment 20 miles off the coast of New Jersey, US.

The company developed the device under the US Navy's littoral expeditionary autonomous PowerBuoy programme for coastal security and maritime surveillance and will soon undergo ocean tests.

The device is equipped with a power take-off and on-board energy storage system which will provide off-grid clean energy in remote oceanic locations.

The system has been fitted with radar network and communications infrastructure from Rutgers University's institute of marine and coastal sciences in partnership with CODAR Ocean Sensor.

Mikros Systems provided data and systems architecture support for the PowerBuoy / radar network.