Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate to perform a new round of in-ocean tests on its Autonomous PowerBuoy® to further demonstrate its use for ocean surveillance.
Specifically, the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate Borders and Maritime Security Division will collaborate with Ocean Power Technologies to demonstrate the effectiveness of its long duration maritime vessel detection platform. This will involve the redeployment of an APB-350 Autonomous PowerBuoy off the coast of New Jersey, where previous work through the U.S. Navy's Littoral Expeditionary Autonomous PowerBuoy (LEAP) program last year produced extremely positive results, including higher-than-predicted power harvesting capability and survivability during Hurricane Irene and its 50-foot high waves.
In tandem with the agreement, Ocean PowerTechnologies has been awarded a new $75,000 grant from the Maryland Technology Development Corporation via a joint technology transfer initiative to show how the Autonomous PowerBuoy can be used with multiple surveillance technologies. Ocean Power Technologies will leverage its experience from the LEAP program in surface vessel detection to demonstrate an enhanced tracking technology covering a wider variety of vessels. This technology will feature an acoustic sensor system in addition to the existing HF RADAR. This will allow the PowerBuoy to collect data for ocean observing applications at the same time as it performs its enhanced surveillance duties, demonstrating the dual use of the PowerBuoy technology.
Autonomous PowerBuoys form an important part of Ocean PowerTechnology's commercial product offering, and have been designed to generate power for off-grid applications such as offshore oil & gas installations, fish-farming as well as security and maritime monitoring.
Source: Ocean Power Technologies