ExoTechnologies, a maritime green technologies start-up, has successfully delivered a fully recyclable, high-performance workboat to Orbital Marine Power, a leader in tidal turbine development. Constructed using ExoTechnologies’ proprietary DANUTM composite material, the vessel is tailored to support the O2, the world’s most powerful tidal turbine located off Orkney. This turbine is Orbital Marine Power’s first commercial demonstrator, epitomising over 15 years of dedicated product development and testing.

Manufactured at Ultimate Boats’ Glasgow yard, which is set to create 300 jobs within five years, the 11-meter O-class Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RIB) is equipped to handle the demanding maritime conditions around Orkney. It features advanced navigational and safety equipment, including a wheelhouse and shock mitigation units, and boasts an operating range of 450 nautical miles.

The vessel incorporates ExoHullTM technology, an innovative hull design by John Moxham that enhances hydrodynamic performance and fuel efficiency, derived from principles initially developed for the XB-70 Valkyrie supersonic bomber. This design allows for faster, more efficient movement in water, significantly reducing impact and improving stability.

Shane Mugan, CEO of ExoTechnologies, highlighted the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability, addressing the significant issue of fiberglass disposal by replacing it with DANUTM composite material. This technology not only prevents ecological damage but also supports the transition to a circular economy, proving instrumental in transforming the boat building industry.

The new workboat will serve as a robust utility vessel for Orbital Marine Power, aiding in the operation and maintenance of the O2 turbine. This turbine plays a crucial role in reducing energy costs and CO2 emissions, capable of generating enough electricity to power approximately 2,000 UK homes annually.

Orbital Marine Power continues to innovate in tidal energy, with continuous development and testing aimed at optimising efficiency and reducing operational costs. The O2 turbine, featuring twin 1MW power generating nacelles and a sophisticated mooring system, exemplifies the potential of tidal energy as a sustainable power source.

This partnership between ExoTechnologies and Orbital Marine Power underscores a shared commitment to pioneering sustainable solutions within the maritime and energy sectors, marking a significant advancement in renewable energy technology and eco-friendly marine operations.


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