MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J., July 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. ("OPT" or "the Company") (NYSE American: OPTT), a leader in innovative and cost-effective low-carbon marine data, power, and consulting service solutions, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected the Company for the Phase II development of a next-generation wave energy converter.
"Following our successful completion of the Phase I DOE Award in April 2022, this continued investment by the U.S. government towards novel, innovative, and clean ocean energy technology is critical to achieving our nation’s blue economy goals," said Philipp Stratmann, President and Chief Executive Officer of OPT. “This award from the DOE will be used to expand our Power-as-a-Service and Data-as-a-Service solutions, which will help us to expedite the development of our next generation of wave energy conversion technologies.”
In the DOE’s recently published awards for clean energy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) projects, OPT will receive up to $1,097,212 over the next 18-24 months to develop and test a modular and scalable Mass-on-Spring Wave Energy Converter (MOSWEC) PowerBuoy® for reliable powering of autonomous ocean monitoring systems, bringing an entirely new PowerBuoy® into our offering.
OPT holds multiple patents related to MOSWEC technology, which generates power from the relative motion caused by the ocean waves. OPT’s MOSWEC design has a hermetically sealed hull to protect internal components, is about the size of a standard shipping container, and is easily transportable and deployable. In addition, the design is scalable to support a wide range of applications and missions, including Maritime Domain Awareness, autonomous vehicle charging, and subsea power.
About Ocean Power Technologies
OPT provides intelligent maritime solutions and services that enable safer, cleaner, and more productive ocean operations for the defense and security, oil and gas, science and research, and offshore wind markets. Our PowerBuoy® platforms provide clean and reliable electric power and real-time data communications for remote maritime and subsea applications. We also provide WAM-V® autonomous surface vessels (ASVs) and marine robotics services through our wholly owned subsidiary Marine Advanced Robotics. We are headquartered in Monroe Township, New Jersey, and have offices in Houston, Texas, and Richmond, California. To learn more, visit www.OceanPowerTechnologies.com.
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