CorPower Ocean’s wave energy device inches closer to deployment

CorPower Ocean’s first commercial-scale C4 wave energy converter has been moved to quayside ‘launchpad’, ahead of deployment at the Aguçadoura site in northern Portugal.

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Following integration and testing in CorPower Ocean‘s machine hall within the port of Viana do Castelo, the device has now been moved out to our quayside ‘launchpad’.

The mooring and tidal regulation units have been attached to the C4 device and a sequence of pre-deployment checks have been performed, successfully verifying all system functions, the company informed.

Communication over fiber and air has been established, allowing remote control and monitoring from CorPower Ocean’s control center in Stockholm.

In line with a suitable weather window, the C4 system will be towed out and deployed at the Aguçadoura marine energy site located 30 kilometers south of the port.

Jean-Michel ChauvetCorPower Ocean’s director of integration and testing, said: “Taking our first commercial scale C4 machine through assembly and testing, getting us ready for the ocean, is a major achievement for our team.

“Designing the world’s most efficient wave technology is one thing, realizing it through manufacturing, assembly and testing takes even more effort. We work to make wave energy a reliable and competitive source of clean electricity, and we are proud to show the C4 system in its final state.”

Following load-out, the C4 wave energy device will be towed to the installation site by a small tug vessel and connected to the pre-installed UMACK anchor on the seabed as part of the HiWave-5 wave energy project.

A pull-in line arrangement located on the anchor head will allow the fully surface-operated installation and retrieval of the device, according to CorPower Ocean.

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