Bearing selection software – backed up by expert knowledge – helped CorPower Ocean to specify the most appropriate bearings for a new design of wave energy converter CorPower’s compact wave energy converter works by oscillating with the waves, amplifying the movement, using phase-control technology, and converting this into electricity.

CorPower began with SKF’s Bearing Select online tool, as a first step to selecting the optimum bearing arrangements. The software simplifies the task of finding the correct bearing solution for a particular design. Inserting operational parameters into the software automatically generates bearing solutions within one minute. CorPower Ocean has now developed a first full-scale plant.

This will be tested in the company’s dry-test rig over the summer, then placed in the sea off the Portuguese coast in the autumn. The company plans to launch a type certified commercial product on the global market by 2024.

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