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OPT rides Japanese waves

First commercial PB3 PowerBuoy deployed for Mitsui off Kozu island

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Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) has deployed its PB3 wave energy device off the Japanese coast as part of a lease agreement with Mitsui.

The US developer’s first commercial PB3 PowerBuoy unit arrived in Tokyo on 18 March and was shipped to Kozu island following months of testing off the coast of New Jersey.

The device will be moored near the island for six months with the possibility of an extension, OPT said.

Its deployment was completed by a team comprising Penta-Ocean Construction and MES.

“This is an exciting time for OPT as we initiate this lease and deploy the PB3 in Japanese waters for the first time,” OPT chief executive George Kirby said.

“The deployment went well and the PB3 has already exceeded two thousand watts of peak power.

We’re looking forward to leveraging this opportunity to bring our PowerBuoys to Japan and other parts of East Asia.”

Image: Ocean Power Technologies

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