Seabased Wave Parks teams with Invesdor

Seabased WEC S2.7 array, designed to efficiently extract power from swell waves of 1-to-3 metres high Seabased WEC S2.7 array, designed to efficiently extract power from swell waves of 1-to-3 metres high

Swedish wave energy developer Seabased, has partnered with Nordic equity crowdfunding platform Invesdor to raise up to 15 million SEK (approximately EUR €1.5 million).

“Wave power is emerging as an exciting source of renewable energy,” said Seabased CEO Øivind Magnussen.“As the industry approaches commercialization, Seabased is poised to be among the first utility-scale players.”

Seabased recently signed a contract for a 100MW utility scale wave park with TC’s Energy in Ghana—a country working diligently to harvest clean energy from the sea. While it plans an Initial Public Offering at a Nordic stock exchange in 2018, Seabased decided to work with Invesdor as a first step.

“We have had a great group of supporters and investors,” Magunssen said. “But we need to be ready to meet the demand, and we felt now was the time to offer everyone the chance to be part of this vision to help the planet, and help people—and to make money doing it. We chose Invesdor because they are the premier Nordic online equity investment platform, and the only ones with a securities license and a legal team.”

The company is also currently in late, or final stage, negotiations with other customers for utility scale commercial contracts for an additional 100 MW / €160 million EUR. The company’s pipeline of projects is over 2,500 MW or €3.7 billion EUR and the current visible opportunity amounts to over €25 billion EUR (over 18,000 MW).

“We’ve built our own manufacturing facility and managed two pilot projects developing multi-generator parks. These have given us end-to-end experience, including permitting, site selection, design, and deployment,” says Magnussen. “We are now scaling up for commercialization, and this requires capital.”

“Seabased is launching its commercialization efforts in markets where we can be cost competitive from the start, including shoreline regions with 1-3 m waves and a cost of electricity at or above about $.10 cents per kWh,” said Magnussen. “In such markets, our wave energy technology can often out-compete other renewables on price. It also is virtually invisible and uses almost no land area.”

By Jake Frith

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