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The Portuguese-Swedish wave energy developer and Norwegian engineering firm will join forces for the COMPACT (COMposite Pressure cAsing for CosT) Project, combining sector leading Wave Energy technology with low-cost composite design and fabrication processes from the offshore industry.

CorPower Ocean and OPS Composite Solutions are primed to deliver an ‘industry advancing’ wave energy project after securing close to EUR 500,000 from EEA Grants.

 

The Portuguese-Swedish wave energy developer and Norwegian engineering firm will join forces for the COMPACT (COMposite Pressure cAsing for CosT) Project, combining sector leading Wave Energy technology with low-cost composite design and fabrication processes from the offshore industry.

 

Financial backing comes from Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway under the EEA Grants ‘Blue Growth Programme’ – which is committed to stimulating ‘blue economy’ innovation, creating jobs, and driving growth for SMEs.

 

The COMPACT Project aims to boost the performance and slash costs of CorPower’s next generation WECs (Wave Energy Converters), which will shortly enter the flagship HiWave-5 demonstration phase in northern Portugal.

 

CorPower Portugal Country Manager Miguel Silva said the latest development marks another significant milestone speeding up the process to commercialization.

 

“The COMPACT project combines CorPower’s world-class WEC design knowledge with OPS’ vast experience in composite pressure vessels for offshore applications,” he said. “Together we are aiming to develop new technology addressing two common challenges experienced in state-of-the-art wave energy technology – weight and price. The process will involve developing, testing, manufacturing, and certifying an innovative light-weight pressure casing (cylinder), which is a key component of our WEC system. By making the WEC significantly lighter and using cost-effective materials and production technology, the COMPACT solution aims to increase energy efficiency while decreasing cost of energy.”

 

“We are proud to be a Partner to CorPower in this industry-advancing project. We strongly believe that the combination of OPS’s extensive experience with composite materials, and CorPower’s advanced technology, will bring this project closer to a successful industrial future,” OPS Composite Solutions General Manager Reidar Anderssen said.

 

The COMPACT Project will actively contribute to the Portuguese Industrial Strategy for Ocean Renewable Energies. Ocean renewable energy has the potential to supply 25pc of Portugal’s annual power consumption, while the sector could generate EUR 254 million in investment, EUR 280 million in gross value added, EUR 119 million in trade and 1,500 new jobs by 2020, according to the strategy.

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