Ocean Power completes unit testing for wave power deployment

19 June 2012 (Last Updated June 19th, 2012 18:30)

Ocean Power has completed testing of the power take-off (PTO) units for its utility-scale PowerBuoy PB150, which is expected to be deployed off the coast of Reedsport in Oregon, US.

Ocean Power has completed testing of the power take-off (PTO) units for its utility-scale PowerBuoy PB150, which is expected to be deployed off the coast of Reedsport in Oregon, US.

The PTO has been transported from the Ocean Power facility in New Jersey to Oregon Iron Works where it will be integrated into the spar of the buoy, ready for deployment.

As part of the testing, the PTO was put through a various simulated wave conditions to ascertain its overall functionality and reliability, results of which matched expectations.

Complete with a larger direct drive system than earlier versions, the new PowerBuoy is expected to provide better stability and reliability.

Ocean Power CEO, Charles F. Dunleavy, said: "We expect the PowerBuoy to be ready for deployment off the coast of Reedsport, Oregon late this summer and look forward to an ocean demonstration that can pave the way for additional units in the region - with the eventual goal of a wave power station serving thousands of local residents and businesses."

Once completely integrated the PowerBouy will be handed over to Vigor Marine, a US-based provider of shipbuilding, ship repair and other industrial services, for final assembly and testing before its deployment.

One of Vigor Marine's floating drydocks will launch the buoy.

The PowerBuoy will need to be connected to the mooring system, and once deployed, will undergo a period of commissioning before full-scale power generation can commence.