New marine energy device from OPT begins ocean trials

Marine energy developer Ocean Power Technologies Inc. has begun ocean trials of the first of its new generation PowerBuoy device, the PB150.

This 150-kW device was successfully deployed at sea on April 15, 2011, a press release states.

The ocean trials are being conducted at a site approximately 33 nautical miles from Invergordon, off Scotland's northeast coast, and are expected to last up to three months.

A second PB150 is now under construction in the United States for an anticipated utility-scale project in Oregon, and the company is involved in other planned projects in North America, Australia, Japan and Europe that would utilize the PB150.

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