Ocean Power Technologies, a wave energy start up experimenting with technology that can harnesses ocean wave resources to generate reliable and clean and environmentally-beneficial electricity, announced recently the first ever grid connection of a wave energy device in the United States. This occurred at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), in conjunction with the US Navy.
The MCBH project, according to Ocean Power, made use of one of the company’s PowerBuoy systems to produce what it says is utility-grade, renewable energy that can be transmitted to the grid in a manner fully compliant with national and international standards. This PowerBuoy was first deployed in December, 2009 three-quarters of a mile off the coast of Oahu in water depth of 100 feet. It has, to date, produced power from over 3 million power take-off cycles and 4,400 hours of operation.
“OPT has been ocean-testing its technology in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans for several years,” said Charles F. Dunleavy, Chief Executive Officer of OPT, in a statement. “Grid connection is another significant milestone in demonstrating the potential for commercial status of our PowerBuoy technology. We thank the Navy and the Naval Facilities group for supporting this project as we move nearer to achieving their goals for the program. We are pleased to be a part of the renewable energy initiatives undertaken by the commander of Marine Corps Base Hawaii.”