OPT’s PB3 PowerBuoy (Courtesy of OPT)

OPT secures US government contract for wave energy-powered unit

Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) has been hired by US government’s commercial services contractor Amentum Services to provide its PowerBuoy solution in support of the security efforts of the country.

OPT’s PB3 PowerBuoy (Courtesy of OPT)
OPT’s PB3 PowerBuoy (Courtesy of OPT)
OPT’s PB3 PowerBuoy (Courtesy of OPT)

OPT has secured a $530,000 contract to assist Amentum Services in providing the US Department of Defense (DoD) Information Analysis Center (IAC) with land, air, space, and port and coastal surveillance services in support of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T).

OPT’s efforts under the subcontract will include providing scientific hardware delivery, training, and integration services for DHS S&T Port and Coastal Surveillance (P&CS) project.

The project seeks to identify and integrate sensors and systems and share data suitable for the full spectrum of maritime operations.

OPT will provide the required hardware, hardware deployment support, software, software deployment support, integration services, surveillance and telemetry data, and associated training in support of a PB3 PowerBuoy equipped with OPT’s proprietary Maritime Domain Awareness solution.

The Maritime Domain Awareness Solution is deployed in support of security efforts to detect illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, dark vessels, and human/drug trafficking operations.

Philipp Stratmann, president and CEO of OPT, said: “We at OPT are proud to support DHS’s mission to help secure the nation’s coastlines. Ocean security is national security. We believe OPT’s systems are well suited for long term maritime domain awareness deployments and have little to no adverse impact on the environment.

“DHS has thousands of miles of coastline to protect, and needs to develop detailed, sustainable information sources to execute on its mission to protect our country. Along with our partner, Amentum, we look forward to delivering new technology to DHS to help it achieve these goals.”

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