Ocean Power Technologies got $250,000 contract with U.S. Department of Defense
The conracts awarded to conduct the design of a new mass-spring oscillating PowerBuoy for mission critical sensors. Such a PowerBuoy differs from the current PB3 type in that it is self-contained and has no external moving components.
Phase one of the contract scope includes the system design and laboratory testing of a proprietary, self-contained, inertia-based, mass-spring oscillator and power take-off (PTO), and for the selection of a station keeping propulsion solution to be integrated into the PowerBuoy.
The contract allows for two subsequent phases, valued together at nearly $750,000, which are dependent upon the successful completion of phase one and additional ONR funding.
This future scope would include the detailed design of the entire power conversion system, power generation system, and the PowerBuoy hull, as well as testing of the mass-spring oscillating PTO, and the build and integration of a full PowerBuoy system that is ready for ocean deployment. ■