PENNINGTON, N.J., April 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:OPTT) today announced that it has selected Monroe, NJ for its new corporate headquarters and manufacturing center.

"Our ability to deliver PowerBuoys to our customers is a critical factor in executing our commercialization strategy," said OPT President and CEO George H. Kirby. "We are seeing increasing interest for our PB3 PowerBuoy in specific applications, mainly around support for offshore oil and gas subsea operations and metocean applications, as well as within our other target markets.  Given the significant limitations of our current location, in combination with certain contractual opportunities with our current facility lease, we arrived at the strategic decision to relocate our corporate headquarters which allows us to dramatically expand our manufacturing capabilities.  We also believe that our new location will better position us to attract and retain critical talent as we continue to increase our sales, marketing, technical and operational expertise through new hires."

Dr. Mike Mekhiche, Executive Vice President of Engineering and Operations stated, "We believe this new facility will enable us to implement world class assembly and testing processes, emphasizing product quality and employee safety, while significantly increasing product through-put.  We are planning to carry out the move in the latter part of this calendar year with minimal impact to business operations."

OPT's new facility located at 28 Engelhard Drive in Monroe, NJ will offer approximately 56,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space, nearly doubling the size of its current facility in Pennington, NJ. This larger space will support OPT's increased operational needs, and also allow for its projected growth over the next several years.

"Our decision to relocate is integral to our overall business growth strategy," continued Mr. Kirby, "which focuses on increased operational efficiency, a non-negotiable commitment to product quality and employee safety, and ensuring timely product delivery. With this move, we believe we'll be poised to deliver on the great opportunities that we're pursuing."

About Ocean Power Technologies

Headquartered in New Jersey, Ocean Power Technologies aspires to transform the world through durable, innovative and cost-effective ocean energy solutions.  Our PB3 PowerBuoy uses ocean waves to provide clean, reliable and persistent electric power and real-time communications for remote offshore applications in markets such as oil and gas, defense, security, ocean observing, telecommunications and more.  To learn more, visit www.oceanpowertechnologies.com

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