OPT redeploys PowerBuoy
Previous deployment exceeded 125 days and generated over 1MWh
Ocean Power Technologies has re-deployed its PB3-A1 PowerBuoy off the coast of New Jersey following repairs and maintenance.
The company said that the PB3-A1 unit has also incorporated a National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) self-contained ocean observing payload (Scoop), which collects site-specific data on meteorological and ocean conditions.
OPT said the Scoop deployment is part of the previously announced cooperative research and development agreement between itself and NDBC.
Scoop data is transmitted to NDBC for integration into its ocean observing system platform, which is used by industry, government and academia, the company said
OPT added that it will use the PB3-A1 performance data to assess the persistent power capabilities that the unit may be able to provide to potentially help NDBC overcome some of the challenges it experiences in some ocean locations.
OPT president and chief executive officer George Kirby said: “The Scoop is expected to provide NDBC with high quality metocean data, and the data gathered during this deployment will also assist OPT and NDBC in site selection.
“We anticipate the next phase will be a northern latitude deployment where persistent power, reliability and survivability have presented challenges for NDBC operations.”
Prior to retrieval for repairs, the PB3-A1 had been deployed for more than 125 days, with energy generation surpassing 1MWh, OPT said.
Image: PowerBuoy being deployed (OPT)