Ocean Power Technologies redeploys PB3-A1 device off New Jersey
US wave energy firm Ocean Power Technologies (NASDAQ:OPTT) has redeployed its PB3-A1 PowerBuoy off the New Jersey coast following some repairs and the integration of a system that collects site-specific data on meteorological and ocean conditions.
Together with its own device, OPT deployed the National Data Buoy Center’s (NDBC) Self-Contained Ocean Observing Payload (SCOOP) as part of an agreement on cooperative research and development (R&D) between the two parties. This system will provide NDBC with high quality metocean data, which will later assist OPT and NDBC in choosing a site for the next phase of their collaboration.
“We anticipate the next phase will be a northern latitude deployment where persistent power, reliability and survivability have presented challenges for NDBC operations,” said George Kirby, president and CEO of OPT.
The company said that before the PB3-A1 (previously referred to as the APB350 A1) was retrieved, it had achieved a total cumulative deployment time of over 125 days. Energy generation had surpassed 1,000 kWh.