Ocean energy company Bombora is very pleased to announce the appointment of Ronnie Bonnar to its Board of Directors. Ronnie brings over 15 years of senior management experience in the renewables sector, enhancing Bombora’s leadership team with first-hand commercial project expertise.
Ronnie joins Bombora at an exciting time of its commercial development. Bombora is at the assembly phase of the full-scale 1.5MW mWave™ Pembrokeshire Demonstration Project. At the same time Bombora is developing a 2.4MW wave park in Lanzarote and developing further initiatives in the Canary Islands as well as a global project pipeline.
Ronnie Bonnar Appointed to Bombora’s Board of Directors
Speaking about his appointment, Ronnie said:
“Wave energy is undoubtedly going to become a key contributor to the next generation of clean energy. Bombora has developed a technology that addresses the key challenges associated with harnessing the power of the waves. I am delighted to be joining a world class team with a clear path to commercialisation, and I look forward to supporting the company to realise this global potential.”
Ronnie Bonnar is a former Chairman of Scottish Renewables, and currently holds several Non-Executive Directorships focused on renewable energy, including the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.
Richard Beresford, Bombora’s Chairman, commented:
“I am very pleased to announce Ronnie Bonnar’s appointment to the Board. Ronnie’s energy sector background compliments the skillset of Bombora’s existing Board and his experience in offshore renewables will assist our commercial development plans. As Bombora makes the step-change from R&D to commercial projects it is vital to bring in the right people to support our strategic growth. This Board appointment comes in quick succession to our appointment of Andrew Buglass two months ago. I am delighted to be working with this strong leadership team.”
Ronnie Bonnar started his career in the offshore oil and gas sector, working initially in the fabrication yards in the North of Scotland, followed by a number of assignments overseas.
In 2005 he took on the role as Project Manager on the Beatrice Demonstrator Project and subsequently, in 2008, became co-founder and Operations Director of SeaEnergy Renewables Ltd, an offshore wind development company. Following the acquisition of SeaEnergy Renewables in June 2011 by Repsol, Ronnie took up the role of General Manager responsible for all renewables activities in the UK, which included the development of three major offshore wind farms, Beatrice, Inch Cape and the Moray Firth projects.
In 2016, he set up his own consultancy business focussed on the renewables sector and has been supporting development opportunities in the UK and abroad.
Bombora has developed a ground-breaking wave energy converter called mWave™, poised to realise the untapped potential of ocean energy. As ocean waves pass over mWave, invisibly located below the sea’s surface, its rubber membranes inflate and deflate, pumping air through a turbine to generate clean electricity. Bombora’s mWave is unique among wave energy converters as it addresses the ‘cost of energy’, ‘scalability’ and ‘ocean wave survivability’ challenges.
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About Bombora and mWave™
- Bombora has developed a membrane style wave energy converter called ‘mWave™’. Located 10 meters beneath the ocean’s surface, similar to a fully submerged reef, it is invisible from the shoreline. As ocean waves pass over mWave, the membranes deflect pumping air through a turbine to generate electricity. Electricity is directly transferred to shore via a submerged cable.
- mWave is unique among wave energy converters as it simultaneously addresses the ‘cost of energy’ and ‘ocean wave survivability’ challenges.
- Bombora is currently completing a 1.5MW mWave product validation project in Pembrokeshire, Wales with the support of a £10.3 million European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant through the Welsh Government.
- Bombora is also working on a 3.0MW grid connected wave park project in La Santa, Lanzarote.
- Bombora is progressing further opportunities in the Spanish Canary Islands, Japan, Ireland and Australia.