Monroe Township-based Ocean Power Technologies recently demonstrated how its Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel, or WAM-V, can attach itself remotely to a buoy and establish a connection that will enable charging — representing a significant leap forward in the integration of renewable energy sources within the maritime industry.
This milestone achievement was unveiled through a video, captured during on-water trials conducted earlier this month. The video showcases the docking of the WAM-V to a buoy.
“Our successful demonstration of a WAM-V remotely attaching itself to a buoy that will enable establishing a charging connection is a defining moment for OPT and the maritime technology sector as a whole,” OPT Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, Matt Burdyny stated. “This achievement underscores our commitment to reshaping autonomous maritime operations by leveraging renewable energy for sustainable charging solutions.”
By showcasing the successful docking of the WAM-V on-water, OPT paves the way for a future where autonomous vessels can operate for extended durations, opening doors to various applications within the maritime domain.
“Our team’s success in demonstrating remote docking that will enable charging capabilities is a testament to OPT’s leadership in advancing maritime technology. This milestone propels us towards realizing a future where sustainable energy and autonomous operations integrate seamlessly,” OPT CEO Philipp Stratmann stated.