World’s First Offshore Charging Station Completes Sea Trials
Oasis Marine Power Ltd have 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.
Offshore charging for idle vessels is said to be critical to facilitating the decarbonisation of the maritime industry, since it allows vessel owners to replace fossil fuels with electricity while being safely moored to the charging buoy.
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.