US on crest of a wave

January 4, 2013

Ocean Power Technologies has received US government approval for a planned 1.5MW wave power station off the coast of Oregon. The licence is the first to be issued by the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for wave power. OPT's plan calls for ten of its PowerBuoy units to be installed 2.5 miles offshore Reedsport, with the first scheduled to be deployed by year-end.

storm dataSTORM DATA: A Wave Glider, the first wave powered autonomous marine robot (pictured with diver) in the Gulf of Mexico, rode out Hurricane Isaac in late August, gathering data on the storm. The G2 Wave Glider, developed by Liquid Robotics, was collecting ocean chemistry data when the Category 1 storm took an unexpected turn, the eye passing some 60 miles east of the robot. G2 recorded sustained winds of 40 knots with gusts up to 74.3 knots and barometric pressure falling to 988.3mbar. Another Wave Glider, Alex, has been deployed offshore Puerto Rico to support a hurricane intensity measurement joint project with the NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory. Late October it was reported that another Wave Glider, Mercury, battled Hurricane Sandy all the while continuing to transmit real time weather data. 'Having the capability to collect data at the surface of the ocean, transmit in real time and then navigate or pilot to new locations will help scientists better predict hurricane intensity,' said Liquid Robotics's Joanne Masters. 'The ramifications to improving extreme weather prediction are profound.'

The company also entered a co-operative R&D agreement with the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate to perform a new round of offshore tests on OPT's Autonomous PowerBuoy to determine its use for long duration maritime vessel detection. Tests with the APB-350 Autonomous PowerBuoy last year off the coast of New Jersey are reported to have achieved higher-than-predicted power harvesting capability and survivability during Hurricane Irene. The company has received a $75,000 grant from Maryland Technology Development Corp to show how the device can be used 'with multiple surveillance technologies', OPT said. Vessel tracking equipment will include both HF radar and an acoustic sensor system, allowing the PowerBuoy 'to collect data for ocean observing applications at the same time as it performs its enhanced surveillance duties'.

In Japan, OPT received a $900,000 contract from Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding to analyze methods to maximize buoy power capture in Japanese sea conditions. The collaboration between Mitsui and OPT staff will use advanced optimization methodologies as well as modeling and wave tank testing to develop PowerBuoy enhancements. Analysis and design work is scheduled to be completed by the end of April 2013, when a decision is expected on possible ocean trials of a demonstration system, the prelude to a possible commercial-scale wave power station in Japan. The Japanese government has set a goal of 1500MW in new power generation capacity from wave and tidal energy sources by 2030.



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