EIT InnoEnergy supported start-up CorPower Ocean has recently announced an investment of EUR 8.2 million from the Swedish Energy Agency to commercialise the technology at full scale
After 18 months of testing and final verification of survival and power generation in Scotland, CorPower has indeed proven that its technology can produce electricity at a competitive cost. The Swedish Energy Agency, that has co-financed the current demonstration project in Scotland, has now decided to further invest to support full scale demonstration.
Extracting energy from waves is not new, and several different types of devices have been tested over the years. Essentially, there are two main challenges that hinder commercial development; storm survival and cost of energy. CorPower has proven generation at five times more energy per tonne of power plant compared with prior concepts. In addition, hydrodynamics are utilised in a way that makes the power plant transparent to large storm waves, which significantly reduces the loads in a storm event, providing robust operation in all weather conditions.
With new capital and proven technology, CorPower focuses on commercialisation
CorPower currently focuses on European market opportunities, but interest has been received from all over the world. Today, there are a number of prospective customers who engage in the company’s development. The Irish project development company Simply Blue Energy recently conducted a global scanning study to identify the best technology to use for their own projects, after analysing 200 different companies and technologies, CorPower stood out as the preferred technology.
'Wave energy has a major role to play in the future energy mix, as the electricity production follows a different pattern from wind and sun, which means better stability on the grid and better economy for our customers. The fact that we have a solid commercialisation plan together with a clear customer focus has today proved itself through the investment from the Swedish Energy Agency', says Anders Jansson, Business Development Manager for CorPower.
The wave energy industry has the potential to grow to be comparable to the wind energy industry. There is an opportunity to draw on wind industry development in Denmark, where the collaboration between private and public sector in the development phase has resulted in Denmark leading the way and generating thousands of jobs and large tax revenues.
'Marine energy has the potential to contribute to Sweden’s and Europe’s climate and environmental policy goals, but also drive economic growth and create new jobs in Sweden, making this a truly exciting investment from the Swedish Energy Agency', says Susanne Karlsson, Head of Sustainable Electricity at the Swedish Energy Agency.
CorPower will now focus on designing and demonstration of the first full scale device, followed by a demonstration array, during which the product will undergo tests and certification. This key investment aims at making the technology fully commercially viable, alongside guarantees and insurance plans that facilitate the financing of large commercial arrays for customers.
Several potential sites along the European Atlantic coast has been reviewed for the full-scale demonstration, with Billia Croo in Scotland and Aguçadoura in Portugal remaining as candidates. Final decision is expected early 2019.
[Content from CorPower press release. Image credits: CorPower]
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