Sweden – CorPower has agreed a landmark deal with the heat treatment specialist Bodycote.
The deal opens Bodycote to the ocean energy sector using its Corr-I-Dur solution to simultaneously improve corrosion resistance and wear properties of CorPower’s C4 Wave Energy Converters. Bodycote is now breaking into ocean energy after helping Swedish developer CorPower optimize key components in its Wave Energy Converters (WECs).
CorPower’s high-efficiency WECs, inspired by the pumping principles of the human heart, offer five times more energy per ton of device compared to previously known technologies. Incorporating a series of unique features to boost storm survivability and power capture, the WECs also benefit from thermochemical treatment to protect against the harshest marine conditions.
The firm is now ramping up operations for its flagship HiWave-5 demonstration project in northern Portugal to propel its wave technology to a bankable product offering by 2024 – proving the survivability, performance and economics of a grid-connected array of WECs. The €16 million project includes investment to build a world-class wave energy hub in the Port of Viana do Castelo, involving R&D, Manufacturing and Servicing facilities for the long-term development of supply and service capacity for commercial wave energy farms.