EIT InnoEnergy: CorPower bringing wave energy to Orkney
The CorPower C3 Wave Energy Converter has been delivered to Orkney, Scotland, where it will be deployed at the European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC) Scapa Flow site.
In preparation for CorPower’s C3 Wave Energy Converter deployment at the European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC) Scapa Flow site in Orkney, CorPower and marine operator Leask Marine have successfully completed installation of a bottom-based foundation module.
The module provides force reference from the WEC to the seabed and includes a mooring system with tidal adjustment function and tensioning capacity up to 60 tons. The installation operation included the subsea attachment of the foundation frame to a pre-laid gravity base, and the laying of an umbilical cable which controls the tidal adjustment unit. Leask Marine’s C-Odyssey multicat vessel was used for the installation, with a dive team assisting the subsea activity.
The CorPower C3 Wave Energy Converter has, after a rigorous dry test program in Stockholm, been delivered to a workshop in Kirkwall, Orkney. The device is currently undergoing final checks, with installation and on-site commissioning at the Scapa Flow site expected at the beginning of 2018.
Robert Argo, Marine Operations Manager, CorPower, said: 'We are pleased to have successfully completed this foundation install together with Leask Marine, who provided precise, reliable and safe offshore operations for this part of the project. Having a significant track record in installing and supporting marine renewable energy devices, Leask Marine is a highly appreciated partner. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Orkney supply chain over the coming months during deployment and maintenance of our resonant C3 Wave Energy Converter.'
CorPower is supported by EIT InnoEnergy.
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