The CorPower C4 Sets a New Storm Survivability Record

The CorPower C4 Sets a New Storm Survivability Record
(Image credit: CorPower Ocean)

CorPower Ocean’s C4 device has set a new record in Storm Survivability during late evening of Saturday Nov 4th– withstanding waves up to 18 meters (60ft) – as Portugal’s coastline was placed on Red Alert due to rough seas brought by the Domingos storm.

The C4 system was monitored from CorPower Ocean’s control center in Stockholm, where reliable operation was confirmed with motion and loads well within design limits. C4 has since its deployment in Agucadoura endured storms Babet, Aline, Ciarán and Domingos, with Domingos storm conditions recorded by Instituto Hidrográfico as the historical record for northern Portugal.

2 C4CorPower Ocean’s C4 device. (Image credit: CorPower Ocean)

One of the step change innovations brought to wave energy by CorPower allows the WEC to be tuned and detuned, altering the system’s response to the conditions. The detuned state creates transparency to incoming waves, similar to the survival function for wind turbines which pitch their blades to protect from over loading.

The unique storm survival mode enables CorPower Ocean’s overall lightweight and low-cost design which provides robust operation in the harshest ocean conditions. It is combined with advanced phase control technology that amplify power capture in regular ocean conditions.

*note – The exterior camera on C4 was lost during storm Babet, CorPower Ocean refer to their neighbour Windfloat Atlantic for visual on Domingos ocean conditions.

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