Simply Blue picks wave winners
Irish project developer selects CPT, Corpower as suitable kit
Columbia Power Technologies (CPT) of the US and Sweden’s Corpower have topped Simply Blue Energy’s technology review to identify suitable wave devices for its projects in the UK and Ireland.
The Irish developer’s so called horizon scanning launched last year was undertaken by Cornwall based consultancy Wave Venture and part-financed by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.
Initial screening whittled down 200 companies to 50 and then 10 following a public domain information review.
CPT and Corpower were found to best fit its criteria of available near commercial wave devices after more detailed information was exchanged under NDA plus telephone and face-to-face interviews, said Wave Venture chief executive Ronan Costello.
The selection of CPT and Corpower was first revealed last month in subscription-only newsletter reNEWS.
Simply Blue has an agreement with Swedish wave company Seabased to supply turbines for an up to 10MW array at Cornwall’s Wave Hub but the company is exploring alternative sites and technology.
The developer said a small number of other, undisclosed early stage technologies have also been identified as potential prospects in the longer term and it will monitor those as they mature.
“Wave Hub is the preferred location but Ireland and other UK locations are also possible. We will continue to gather information so we can make careful judgments about the best timing for the next steps,” added Costello.
Image: Half-scale HiWave device (Corpower)