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‘World’s first’ offshore charging station completes trials in Cromarty Firth

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Oasis Power Buoy

Oasis Marine Power is toasting success after completing the first stage of testing for its offshore charging station.

Hailed as the “first of its kind to reach sea trials, the innovative product has the potential to  revolutionise renewable energy use for the maritime industry.

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 offshore charging of hybrid and all-electric vessels.

Currently diesel-powered maintenance vessels are responsible for the majority of C02 emissions from an operational wind farm.

Sea trials were held in the Port of Cromarty Firth earlier this month, the first in a series of tests for the power buoy.

Oasis Marine Power director George Smith said: “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.

“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.”

Up next for the Oasis Power Buoy is further testing and optimisation, including sustained sea trials.

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