CURRENT PROJECTS

LEAP Autonomous PowerBuoy, New Jersey

 

Coos Bay, Oregon

 

Reedsport, Oregon

 

Santoña, Spain

 

Cornwall, England

 

Portland, Victoria, Australia

 

COMPLETED PROJECTS

 

Scotland

 

Oahu, Hawaii

 

Atlantic City, New Jersey

 

 

LEAP Autonomous PowerBuoy, New Jersey


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PROJECT OVERVIEW


OPT has successfully operated an autonomous PowerBuoy® off New Jersey, which it designed and manufactured under the US Navy’s Littoral Expeditionary Autonomous PowerBuoy (LEAP) program for coastal security and maritime surveillance. The LEAP PowerBuoy structure, incorporating a unique power take-off and onboard system for energy storage and management, is significantly smaller and more compact than the Company’s standard utility PowerBuoy. It provides persistent, off-grid clean energy in remote ocean locations for a wide variety of maritime security and monitoring applications.





PROJECT OBJECTIVE


The LEAP system was deployed in August 2011 by a US Coast Guard vessel and was ocean-tested approximately 20 miles off the coast of New Jersey. It was integrated with the Rutgers University-operated land-based radar network that provides ocean current mapping data for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and US Coast Guard search and rescue operations. The ocean test of the LEAP vessel detection system demonstrated dual-use capability of the radar network and verified OPT’s technology as a persistent power source for systems requiring remote power at sea.





US Coast Guard Vessel Deploying
LEAP PowerBuoy


PROJECT DETAILS

 

Location:

New Jersey, USA

Status:

Project successfully completed under terms of US Navy contract

Total Generating Capacity:

Rated at 300 - 400 watts of continuous power, based on payload requirement

 

TECHNOLOGY

 

Application:

Maritime security utilizing radar and communications payload

 

PROJECT PARTNERS

 

Owner:

US Navy

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

 

Ocean Power Technologies gratefully acknowledges the US Navy for their continued support, technical expertise, and assistance in the development of this LEAP system; the US Coast Guard for their marine operations assistance; and the New Jersey Congressional delegation in bringing this program to fruition.