About the project
Lanzarote has a large and consistent ocean energy resource along its northern coastline. Bombora’s fully submerged mWave™ wave energy converter has been selected to deliver clean renewable energy into the islands power supply, whilst preserving the island’s rugged and pristine coastal environment.
Cabildo de Lanzarote, the island’s governing body, through a collaboration agreement with Enzen have partnered with Bombora to deliver this commercial grid connected wave energy project.
The first phase of the project will see 2 Megawatts (MW) of generating capacity installed. The power generated by the submerged wave energy device will supplement the island’s existing electricity supply which is currently largely produced in a diesel-fuelled power station.
The project is currently progressing through the planning and consenting process. A site survey and measurement campaign is being undertaken at the proposed wave park site. Detailed engineering will progress through 2020, followed by fabrication and deployment at the end of 2021.
What is mWave™?
mWave rests beneath the ocean surface like a fully submerged reef making it invisible while extracting maximum energy. mWave is non-disruptive to ocean users and marine life and can survive stormy conditions.
mWave’s flexible rubber membranes pump air through an onboard turbine to generate electricity that is then delivered to shore via a subsea cable. The design simplicity of mWave delivers low maintenance requirements.
mWave is able to operate 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year in any conditions, including low swells.
Where will mWave be located?
The project deployment site is located to the west of La Santa, located on the north side of Lanzarote, the fourth largest of the Spanish Canary Islands located in the Atlantic Ocean.
The project team view community and stakeholder consultation as a crucial aspect of any project and will be engaging with the local community in a consultation process.
There will be multiple commercial contract opportunities for the local supply-chain to engage in during project development and ongoing operations.