CorPower Ocean unveils C4 device
CorPower Ocean has unveiled its CorPower C4, its first commercial scale Wave Energy Converter (WEC) and CorPack clusters — the building blocks for utility scale wave farms.
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.
A wave farm refers to the instrumentations placed in the high seas to effectively harness wave power and convert it to productive wave or tidal energy.
Such wave farms are also at times, alternatively referred to as WECs or ‘Wave Energy Converters.’ Researching on the practical applicability of such wave farms has been ongoing for some years. Based on such researching, in a first of its kind, the Aguçadoura wave farm was put into operation in the high seas near Porto in 2008.
The world’s first wave farm was the result of a pioneering effort between Pelamis, the British engineering giant, Enersis, a Portuguese company specialising in alternate energy development and an Australian company Babcock and Brown that provided the required substructure for the WEC.
Patrik Möller, Co-founder & CEO, said on Wednesday that the product unveil 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”.
“This has been a decade-long development, with significant strides in the last few years to industrialise and optimise 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 per 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, who co-presented on stage, said: “I feel extremely proud today 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 unveil 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. We pass huge congratulations following the unveiling of their new commercial scale product range and we look forward to working closely together into the future.”
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.
Kevin Rebenius, CorPower Ocean Commercial Director said: “Over the years, CorPower Ocean’s consistent innovations have contributed to a step change improvement to the competitiveness of wave energy. Our unique technology offers a combination of storm protection and strongly amplified power generation in regular waves. This enables the CorPower C4 to generate up to five times more annual energy per tonne of device compared to previous state of the art. Delivering large amounts of energy with relatively small devices drives down CAPEX. Meanwhile, the compact and lightweight technology is easy to transport, assemble, install and service, driving down OPEX. Together this contributes to a highly competitive cost curve, and a clear path to 30 EUR/MWh with GW deployments.”