CorPower Ocean, a Swedish wave energy developer, are currently preparing to test a half scale prototype wave energy converter system at EMEC’s scale test site in Scapa Flow.
The unique technology will be taken through a programme of structured verification guided by best practice support from EMEC, alongside the experience from offshore power generation company Iberdrola Engineering, the University of Edinburgh, and WavEC Offshore Renewables’ expertise in cost and performance modelling.
The project will involve a five-month programme of cyclical dry and wet testing of the system in Orkney, culminating in a performance assessment by EMEC.
Prior to arriving in Orkney, the PTO will undergo a five-month dry test period in Stockholm using the same test rig, thereby significantly de-risking the ocean deployment.
This novel approach to PTO development will incorporate the installation of a bespoke dry test rig at EMEC for hardware-in-the-loop testing. The test rig will have the ability to subject wave devices to the full range of wave loads corresponding to the most challenging sea states.