UK-based marine technology firm Oasis Marine Power Ltd on Thursday (27 January) said it has completed the first stage of testing of their offshore charging station, hailing the design a success.
This product was the first design under development and is the first of its kind globally to reach sea trials. It offers to revolutionise renewable energy use for the maritime industry, states Oasis Marine Power.
The Oasis Power Buoy is an offshore mooring and charging station with a zero-emission power source fed from wind turbines.
Initially aimed at Wind Farm Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs) the Oasis Power Buoy provides the critical need for offshore charging of hybrid and all-electric vessels.
Current diesel-powered maintenance vessels are responsible for the majority of C02 emissions from an operational wind farm. The Oasis Power Buoy makes zero-emission vessels viable for the industry, facilitating major carbon and cost reductions.
Sea trials were held in the Port of Cromarty Firth, Scotland during January 2022 in the first of a series of tests.
“I am delighted with the results of the testing. We have proven that the concept is viable and are now working to optimise the design,” said George Smith, Director at Oasis Marine Power.
“What we have achieved is a world first, and this is a great progression towards dramatically reducing the carbon footprint of the maritime industry.
“Thanks to Cromarty Firth Port Authority and PSG Marine & Logistics Ltd for their valued assistance with these trials.”
The Oasis Power Buoy will now be undergoing further testing and optimisation, including sustained sea trials.
Photo credit: Oasis Marine Power
Published: 28 January, 2022
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