A challenge in offshore Oil and Gas operations is how to obtain a cost effective, reliable and steady power supply at a remote ocean location. Diesel generators are costly and require frequent service. A lower-cost, reliable alternative is proposed here, namely the harvesting of power from ocean waves via the PowerBuoy® from Ocean Power Technologies. Two PowerBuoy products are described: the APB-350, suited to low-power applications such as MetOcean monitoring or AUV recharging stations, and the PB40, suited to moderate-power applications such as powering satellite fields. These and other applications for Oil and Gas operators are reviewed and the potential for lower-cost, more reliable operations is highlighted. The design history and testing of the PB40 and APB-350 are described. Both are designed to operate in autonomous mode requiring little monitoring are capable of supplying power to a wide range of applications.
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A Renewable Energy Source for Powering Offshore Oil and Gas Applications
Paper presented at the SNAME 19th Offshore Symposium, Houston, Texas, February 2014.
Paper Number: SNAME-TOS-2014-016
Published: February 06 2014
Mekhiche, Mike M., and Kathleen A. Edwards. "A Renewable Energy Source for Powering Offshore Oil and Gas Applications." Paper presented at the SNAME 19th Offshore Symposium, Houston, Texas, February 2014.
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