SPOTLIGHT ON SWEDEN
SPOTLIGHT ON SWEDEN
SWEDEN’S OCEAN ENERGY INDUSTRY POWERS FORWARD
Driven by the success of its wave and tidal energy technology developers, Sweden has emerged as a key player in Europe’s ocean energy sector
A strong culture of national and international collaboration has underpinned this success, and the industry is now entering an exciting new phase – pre-commercial development. Since 2015, Ocean Energy Sweden has helped this culture thrive, and provided support to the sector as it develops.
A STRONG HISTORY OF TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT In 2017, Forbes ranked Sweden as the best country in the world for business. However, its relatively small domestic economy has meant that Swedish manufacturers like Volvo, Scania and Ericsson have to look beyond their own borders, build partnerships and find bigger markets. Today Sweden’s ocean energy industry sees a similar challenge on the horizon as it moves towards commercialisation.
A NEW GENERATION
Over the past decade, a new generation of Swedish SMEs have propelled themselves to the front ranks of ocean energy technology development globally. To get there, they have worked together domestically and built business partnerships internationally.
Today the Swedish ocean energy sector is entering an exciting new phase in its lifecycle, pre-commercial development and this push is opening up business opportunities all along the supply chain.
2017 – DEMONSTRATING TECHNOLOGY WITH INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CHAIN SUPPORT 2017 will be notable for the number of cutting edge Swedish prototypes hitting the water around Europe. After years of rigorous testing, the sector is ramping up testing activities. By the end of this year, several innovative Swedish technologies will be undergoing demonstration programmes in the waters around Europe, many at full scale.
Importantly, more and more industrialists, from all along the value chain, are investing and collaborating in these deployments. This is a clear indication of the increasing maturity of these technologies.
Swedish wave energy developer CorPower announced the successful delivery of power to the Swedish electricity grid from its S3 wave energy
convertor in June this year. Following this extensive dry-testing programme, the S3 will be transported to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) later this year.
Patrik Moller, CEO, outlines the importance of collaboration for CorPower: “Our success is extremely tied to working with the right partners. We’ve gathered the best experience and talent from international partners like Iberdrola and EMEC, and the Swedish industry like Swepart and PMC Cylinders, into the same programme. That’s crucial.”
Read more about CorPower’s development strategy within this substantial feature.
WAVES4POWER Also in June this year, Waves4Power announced their WaveEL wave energy system, comprised of the WaveEL buoy, a connection hub and a 3km long power export cable, had started delivering power to the Norwegian electricity grid. The full scale demonstration will be an important step towards commercial serial production.
To get there, Waves4Power pulled together “a unique network of industrial partner companies. Each partner company is an industry leader in their respective field of business and they take full responsibility for their solutions in the complete wave energy system.
Conference & Exhibition to provide support to Swedish companies and to companies expanding their ocean energy business in Sweden. It is a virtual shop-front where international companies can explore business opportunities with Swedish companies.
Our success is extremely tied to working with the right partners.
This collaborative approach to the work adds immeasurable credibility to Waves4Power and speeds up the development process.” Waves4Power stated.
MINESTO To round off this trio of deployments, later this year Minesto will deploy its ‘Deep Green’ tidal kite technology off Anglesey in the UK. This will be the first demonstration of a full scale tidal kite anywhere in the world. Minesto plans to follow this up with a 10MW farm at the same site in the coming years.
A technology spin-off from automotive manufacturer Saab, ‘Deep Green’ operates at current speeds of around 1.4 – 2.5 metres per second, which are normally too slow for other tidal technologies. In doing so, Minesto can bring into play a whole new range of deployment sites.
OCEAN ENERGY SWEDEN – THE COLLABORATION NETWORK Ocean Energy Sweden was launched at the Ocean Energy Europe 2015
It wants to scale up such partnerships and make it easier for companies outside Sweden to find out what’s happening and how to get involved.
“Sweden is a small country. We need to reach out to international partners, and we need channels to reach out through,” commented Mikael Sidenmark, Managing Director of Ocean Harvesting and member of Ocean Energy Sweden. “Ocean Energy Sweden gives us that channel.”
The organisation also acts as a catalyst for collaboration between technology developers domestically. It gives a space for Swedish developers to find projects and commercial activities to collaborate around and push for innovation actions and funding around critical areas.
For example, an innovation action has been created with NKT Cables, CorPower, Waves4Power, Minesto and research partners RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) and the University of Chalmers to develop a new-gen
cable capable of handling the unique requirements of harsh ocean energy environments. Following design and modelling, the cable will be trailed at Waves4Power’s and CorPower’s demonstration sites in Runde, Norway and EMEC, Scotland. The goal is to develop cables that will last for 25 years of service free operation.
One of Ocean Energy Sweden’s greatest successes to date has been to give the Swedish sector a common voice on the EU stage. By speaking together, the needs of the Swedish ocean energy sector have been clearer, stronger and have had a greater impact. Ocean Energy Sweden, represented by RISE, sits on the influential ETIPOcean (European Technology & Innovation Platform for Ocean Energy) Steering Committee, and it has provided input to the Ocean Energy Roadmap, developed under the patronage of the European Commission.
“As a cluster, the knowledge and expertise we have built up over the last decade has been hard-won. Working through Ocean Energy Sweden, we want to bring that knowledge to the table and work with our European colleagues to build an ocean energy sector,” concluded CorPower CEO, Patrik Moller.
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