The CorPower C4 device embarked on its journey from the Aguçadoura site, located 4km offshore to the port of Viana do Castelo. Here, it was connected to a pre-installed UMACK anchor on the seabed and seamlessly integrated into the Portuguese national grid via a subsea export cable. This achievement marks a significant leap forward in making wave energy a reliable and bankable technology.
Patrik Möller, CEO of CorPower Ocean, expressed his pride in the team’s relentless efforts, stating, “This is a big milestone for CorPower Ocean and a very exciting chapter for marine energy. I am hugely proud of the entire CorPower Ocean team who have worked relentlessly to make this happen. The effort of the team and our partners to take us here is simply remarkable.”
InnoEnergy’s support has been instrumental in CorPower Ocean’s success. Javier Sanz, EIT InnoEnergy Thematic Leader for Renewable Energies, stated, “The ocean is one of the most attractive sources of energy. Its appeal lies in its predictability and constant energy delivery. These characteristics become of extremely high interest when combined with other renewable energy sources, such as offshore wind. We are extremely excited about this new achievement in technology development that CorPower has accomplished.”.
Andreia Fernandes, Country Manager EIT InnoEnergy Portugal, added, “Portugal has been a pioneer in wave energy with developments since 1977, and in 1999, the first full-scale installation in the world connected to the electricity distribution network was inaugurated in the Azores. Since then, several technologies have been tested in our sea, but none have opened the market. In 2013, we invested in the Hiwave 5 project, aware of the risk and from a patient yet relevant investment perspective. Experiencing the progress that CorPower has made since then is a mixture of pride and satisfaction for the confirmation of a triad of success – team, technology, and market.”.