A clutch of wave power developers is hoping to shake off the technology’s forever-round-the-corner reputation with commercial-scale arrays that could be in the water next year. AW-Energy, a Finnish developer, is looking to deliver a commercial product called the WaveRoller in 2021. And CorPower Ocean, based in Sweden, is looking to test a commercial-scale system in the second half of next year, with a view to getting certified and warrantied wave energy converters onto the market by 2024. In August, Ocean Power Technologies of New Jersey trumpeted more than one and a half years of continuous operation for one of its PB3 PowerBuoy wave energy converters, powering underwater vehicles for Italian oil firm Eni in the Adriatic Sea. Elsewhere, a Scottish-government-backed body called Wave Energy Scotland has invested £7.7 million ($10 million) to help local developers Mocean Energy and AWS Ocean Energy, both of which are preparing demonstration devices for launch in the coming months.
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