Ocean Power Technologies boosts PowerBuoy efficiency

Ocean Power Technologies has launched a new technology initiative to enhance the efficiency of the company’s PowerBuoy wave-energy system.

The system will assess the characteristics of each incoming wave before it reaches the PowerBuoy wave power station, thereby providing more time for the electronic tuning capability to react.

This will significantly boost the power output of the PowerBuoy and reduce cost per megawatt hour of energy produced.

This technology, which will be incorporated into OPT’s next generation power conversion control system, will be showcased in a PB40 PowerBuoy to be installed at an existing mooring site at Santoña, Spain.