U.S. Navy awards $3 million contract to wave energy developer

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $3 million contract to wave energy developer Ocean Power Technologies for continued participation in a Navy data gathering and communications systems program.

The Navy is considering using OPT’s PowerBuoy, which converts wave motion into electricity, to power sensor networks over wide areas of ocean for homeland security.

The contract award covers work to be performed in the second phase of the Navy’s Deep Water Active Detection Systems program, OPT announced Nov. 5.

In the initial phase, OPT commissioned a 40-kW PowerBuoy system in the Atlantic Ocean 75 miles off the coast of New Jersey in October. (HNN 10/20/08) The first phase ocean test provided power generation data that validated the company’s power predictions for the system, OPT said.

The new contract provides for ocean testing by the Navy of an advanced version of the autonomous PowerBuoy for the Navy’s operational requirements, OPT said. In addition, OPT will support the Navy’s ocean test procedures in the areas of mooring design, at-sea operations, and deployment.

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