The new CorPower C4 device will ultimately form part of a four-system wave array, off the coast of Aguçadoura, Portugal, creating one of the world’s first grid-connected wave farms.
Patrik Möller, Co-founder & CEO, said that the recent product unveiling marked a seminal moment for the firm.
“Speaking on behalf of the entire CorPower Ocean team, our partners and investors, we are extremely proud to embark on a new era for wave energy, with the launch of our commercial scale offering,” said Möller.
“This has been a decade-long development, with significant strides in the last few years to industrialize and optimize our wave energy technology. We are on track to deliver certified and warrantied WEC products to the market by 2024/25, unleashing the full potential of ‘utility-scale’ wave farms. Following today’s launch, we aim to propel wave energy into the future green energy mix as a bankable technology through the HiWave-5 Project. ”
The CorPower C4, with 300kW power rating, represents the world’s most compact wave energy system in relation to power output. With a strong and lightweight structure, it can be produced rapidly in large volumes. The technology is designed and delivered as CorPack clusters of 10-20MW rating, forming the building blocks of future large-scale wave farms.
CorPack wave farms will have minimal visual impact and can deliver up to three times as much power as ocean footprint compared to a typical offshore wind farm.
With CorPack’s offering ‘plug and play’ compatibility with offshore wind infrastructure, the modular architecture is expected to play a key role supporting hybrid wind-wave farms, providing a pathway to 24/7 Carbon Free Energy.
Hanna Nordqvist, Head of People & Culture at CorPower Ocean, said, “I feel extremely proud to be part of this dedicated team that is now making the final push of bringing wave energy to the world. Wave energy can play a vital role bringing stability to the future zero-carbon energy mix, replacing the role that oil, gas, coal and nuclear have played in the past. The key to address climate change is to remove our dependency on fossil fuels. ”
CorPower Ocean is currently working with project developer Simply Blue Group to deliver ‘Project Saoirse’ – a pre-commercial wave farm off Ireland’s west coast.
Speaking at the unveiling event Sam Roch-Perks, CEO of Simply Blue Energy, said, “We identified CorPower Ocean as a leading wave energy developer back in 2016, before signing a collaboration agreement and developing plans for Project Saoirse.
“This is a really exciting phase in the movement towards hybrid wave-wind farms as we aim to harness the immense power of the Atlantic Ocean, combining floating offshore wind and wave technology to produce zero-carbon electricity. We are delighted to be working on this with the CorPower Ocean’s team given their engineering pedigree, technical ability and past achievements. ”
To date, CorPower Ocean has been financially supported by EIT InnoEnergy, the European Commission, the Swedish Energy Agency, AICEP Global (Norte2020), Wave Energy Scotland, CoreSpring New Technology, ALMI Invest Greentech, SEB Greentech VC and additional private investors.