Supported start-up CorPower Ocean has successfully installed the half-scale C3 Wave Energy Converter (WEC) at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland.
With the C3’s performance already proven in grid connected configuration during a dry testing campaign in Stockholm, this ocean deployment is looking to prove off-grid operations in an environment addressing market segments such as islands, offshore installations or remote coastal locations around the world.
“We are very pleased to have the C3 WEC installed at EMEC, marking a major milestone in our effort of providing reliable and competitive electricity generation from ocean waves”, says Patrik Möller, CEO at CorPower Ocean. “This demonstration program shows how our resonant WEC technology can significantly reduce both CAPEX and OPEX of wave energy. The compact lightweight design enables effective handling and marine operations using readily available work vessels reducing operational costs. Following the successful installation, we are happy to announce a collaborative agreement with Green Marine where our teams will continue to work closely together to further improve our operations during the coming months of deployment. Green Marine is a highly valued partner brings immense experience in marine operations to the project.”
The C3 WEC is connected to a floating Microgrid unit provided by EMEC. This microgrid has been designed to allow the C3 device to behave as if it were grid connected by providing a stable voltage and frequency reference, simulating the impedance of a typical grid connection, absorbing power from the device under test and providing power to auxiliary systems.
“On behalf of everyone at EMEC, I’d like to congratulate CorPower on the successful real-sea deployment of their wave energy converter”, says Neil Kermode, Managing Director at EMEC. “Installing technologies into the harsh marine environment is not easy, requiring a great deal of planning, ingenuity, and collaboration. But I know the learning that will come from operating the technology in the sea will be invaluable to CorPower. The EMEC team will continue to work with CorPower to support the performance assessment of their technology and we look forward to seeing this innovative device succeed.”
CorPower’s product development follows the structured five-stage verification process of Wave Energy Scotland (WES) and ETIP Ocean involving step-wise validation of survivability, performance, reliability and economics. The Stage 3 demonstration is funded by WES, the Swedish Energy Agency and InnoEnergy, with the testing at EMEC also supported by Interreg NWE FORESEA project.
InnoEnergy evaluated CorPower’s inital concept at an early stage and has since then provided business support to enable a successful development. “We are delighted and proud of CorPower’s achievement”, says Kenneth Johansson, CEO at InnoEnergy Scandinavia. “The company started on a small scale to prove the reliability and performance of the different pieces of the technology before gradually scaling up. There is no doubt that in addition to their innovative technology, this development approach has been crucial in CorPower’s success so far. We now look forward to the sea-testing of their half-scale device over the coming months.”