ExoTechnologies, a maritime green technology startup, has successfully delivered a high-performance, fully recyclable workboat to Orbital Marine Power, aiding in the operation of the O2 tidal turbine off Orkney. This turbine, known as the world’s most powerful, is Orbital Marine Power’s first commercial demonstrator and is the result of over 15 years of development and testing.

The workboat was constructed at the Ultimate Boats yard in Glasgow, a facility owned by ExoTechnologies. It is part of a broader high-performance workboat range that the company launched earlier this year, with plans to create 300 jobs at the yard within the next five years. Designed to meet the operational needs of Orbital Marine Power and the harsh sea conditions around Orkney, the 11-meter O-class Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RIB) features a wheelhouse, shock mitigation units, and an impressive 450 nautical mile range.

Significantly, the vessel incorporates ExoTechnologies’ innovative DANUTM composite material, which offers a sustainable alternative to traditional fiberglass, reducing the environmental impact of boat manufacturing. The boat also includes advanced ExoHullTM technology, developed by John Moxham, which enhances hydrodynamic performance and efficiency, based on principles from the XB-70 Valkyrie supersonic bomber. This allows for faster movement in water, greater stability, and fuel savings.

Shane Mugan, CEO of ExoTechnologies, expressed pride in supporting Orbital Marine Power’s green energy initiatives, highlighting the role of their technologies in fostering a renewable marine industry and transitioning to a circular economy. The vessel is expected to be a durable workhorse, capable of handling the demanding maritime environment around Orkney.

Orbital Marine Power is at the forefront of developing tidal energy technology that aims to significantly reduce the cost of energy from tidal currents. Their O2 turbine is a pivotal part of their strategy, with a capacity to power approximately 2,000 UK homes and save around 2,200 tonnes of CO2 annually.

This collaboration underlines ExoTechnologies’ commitment to innovation and sustainability in the maritime sector, aiming to transform boat building with advanced, environmentally friendly materials and designs.


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