Author: Steve Corey. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic
Wave energy converters (WECs) developer CorPower Ocean AB has won a SEK-85-million (USD 9.5m/EUR 8.2m) grant from the Swedish Energy Agency to demonstrate its technology at full scale.
The funds should support the construction and testing of a full-scale wave power plant, with plans to demonstrating a facility using three units at a later point. CorPower has shortlisted two locations for the planned installation -- Billia Croo in Scotland and Agucadoura in Portugal. It is expected to make a decision by the summer of 2019.
The project itself will end in December 2023. It aligns with the Swedish Energy Agency's Marine Energy Strategy, which kicked off in the spring of 2017 and aims at developing cost-effective systemes that could be commercialised by 2030.
Meanwhile, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) issued a performance statement following dry testing of CorPower’s power take-off (PTO) on the Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) test rig in Stockholm. The testing programme in Sweden lasted seven months and after its completion CorPower moved its half-scale WEC prototype, called C3, to Orkney, where it was deployed in January 2018. The company plans to conclude C3 tests this summer.