CorPower Ocean, the Swedish wave energy company, has opened up offices in Kirkwall, Orkney as they prepare to test their wave device at the European Marine Energy Centre.
The move follows rigorous on-shore testing of the Wave Energy Converter in Stockholm, Sweden.
CorPower Ocean claim that the design of the Wave Energy Converter works with the same pumping principle as the human heart.
Currently at stage three of the process, the testing is supported by best practice from EMEC in Orkney, alongside the experience from offshore power generation company Iberdrola Engineering and EDP, the University of Edinburgh and WavEC Offshore Renewables.
So far £5.7million has been invested in the third stage by InnoEnergy, Wave Energy Scotland and Swedish Energy Agency.
A further £3.5million has been contributed to the project by the European Commission’s H2020 WaveBoost.
Patrik Möller, CEO at CorPower: “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.”
Tim Hurst, managing director, Wave Energy Scotland: “To allow us to use the very best available technology, the WES programme is open to technology developers from across Europe. Scotland is the best place to develop and demonstrate wave technology where the wave energy resources exist. This project is a new collaboration between a Swedish Power Take-Off technology provider and the Orkney supply chain to deliver a real sea demonstration of the device.”