OPT was created by Dr. George W. Taylor and the late Dr. Joseph R. Burns in pursuit of their vision of harnessing the boundless energy of the world’s oceans. Since 1994, OPT has focused on its proprietary PowerBuoy® technology, capturing wave energy using large floating buoys anchored to the sea bed and converting that energy into electricity using innovative power take-off systems.
Tested at Sea
Commencing in 1997, ocean installations have been conducted off the coasts of three continents, and have demonstrated the PowerBuoy’s ability to capture wave energy, convert it into electricity and survive a wide range of wave conditions including hurricanes and tsunamis. The technology is on a growth curve towards full-scale commercial application, recent examples of which are the PowerBuoy grid-connected in Hawaii; the Mark 3 utility-grade system off Scotland; and the APB 350 autonomous buoy delivered to the US Navy for radar-based maritime security applications.