A very large buoy was found on the shores of Conquest Beach in Delaware Seashore State Park.
The buoy’s size was almost the same size as that of a car.
The buoy is used to anchor an experimental, wave-powered machine near the Delaware coast, washed up in Conquest Beach in Delaware Seashore State Park.
The machine is a wave energy converter, where freshwater is being made using wave energy to desalinate seawater. It was deployed by Maryland-based Murtech approximately four years ago but the buoy was installed longer by a year.
The testing area was located just a mile offshore near Indian River Inlet. The recent storm which caused the strong motion of the buoy’s anchor chain on the seafloor is what caused wear that led to a break of the link.
The chain and anchor are still currently on the ocean floor. Murtech company will be replacing the chain from the worn link point and then install a refurbished buoy back on the station in the coming months.