Swedish wave energy developer CorPower Ocean has set up a Scottish subsidiary to support testing of its wave energy device deployment off Orkney.
And it has recruited Robert Argo as senior operations manager, and Mairi Dorward as a senior operations engineer to its newly established office in Kirkwall.
CorPower Ocean is currently dry-testing its large-scale wave energy converter in Stockholm prior to sea-trials at the European Marine Energy Centre’s Scapa Flow test site in Orkney later this year.
Patrik Möller, CorPower chief executive, said: “We are delighted to have our Scottish operations up and running, and to have attracted some top talent to our operations team.
“We are already seeing the immense value of working in the Scottish ocean energy ecosystem, with significant lessons learned from previous wave projects.
“We are looking forward to working closely with Orkney supply chain that brings unique operational experience to the project, having deployed more ocean energy devices than anywhere else in the world.
“Due to a unique WEC design, CorPower now stands on the brink of a major breakthrough in terms of redefining the efficiency of wave energy generation.
“With a WEC rating of 250kW per unit in a typical Atlantic coast climate this enables 10-250MW wave farms with 40-1000 units.
“The concept allows mass production to drive down cost per unit and a maintenance scheme based on replacement of entire units at sea. This avoids performing service activities in the harsh offshore environment and offers improvements in farm up-time and reduction of O&M cost.”
10 Nov 2017