The Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) announced successful results for the CorPower wave energy converter (WEC) in Stockholm yesterday.
The dry test programme performed over seven months included 708 registered test runs, with 378 signals being measured.
Following the dry tests in Sweden, CorPower’s WEC – named C3 – was transported to Orkney.
The half-scale WEC was deployed in January 2018 at EMEC’s scale test site at Scapa Flow in Orkney with support from the Interreg NWE FORESEA programme.
CorPower intends to wrap up the C3 tests this summer and will incorporate the learning from the wet tests into the development of their next generation WEC technology.
Elaine Buck, technical manager, EMEC, said: “We were impressed with the dry testing programme undertaken by CorPower as part of their WES project, and has been used to derive lessons learnt and provide enhanced projections of the performance of the next iteration full-scale WEC – the C4.”
Patrik Möller, CEO, CorPower, said: “We are delighted with the results of the C3 dry test campaign and model calibration. Looking to the future we are confident that CorPower’s full scale WEC’s 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.”
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