Wave power developer set for full-scale energy converter following successful sea-trials in Orkney

The Corpower wave power machine arrives in Orkney.
The Corpower wave power machine arrives in Orkney.

The Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre has issued a performance statement following dry testing of CorPower’s wave energy converter in Stockholm. 

The testing involved the dry testing of CorPower’s power take-off on the hardware-in-the-loop test rig, which was specifically designed for the purposes of testing such equipment onshore.

The purpose of the hardware-in-loop rig is to enable onshore testing and provide verification of wave energy converters before deployment as the rig emulates loads and motions representative of a complete range of sea conditions.

Following the dry tests in Sweden, CorPower’s half-scale wave energy convertor was shipped to Orkney in January 2018 for sea-trials at EMEC’s test site at Scapa Flow. CorPower intend to complete the tests this summer.

Patrik Möller,  CorPower chief executive, commented: “We are delighted with the results of the  dry test campaign and model calibration.

“Looking to the future we are confident that our full scale wave power converter will deliver five times more energy per ton and three times more energy per force compared to current state-of-the-art devices, bringing the structural efficiency of wave energy to a similar level as a modern wind turbine.” 

A spokesman for Wave Energy Scotland, said: “This kind of rigorous testing is essential to verifying the performance of power take-off technology and helps us to reduce risk before moving to the real sea testing environment. CorPower is setting an excellent example to successors following the same thorough approach.”

27 Jun 2018

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