Projects

Current Projects

Pembrokeshire, Wales

About the project

The coastline of west Wales offers a powerful and consistent natural wave energy resource.  This feature attracted Bombora to set-up its European operations at Pembroke Dock in 2017. In addition, the region offers good access to experienced marine energy staff, critical supply chain capability and marine operations expertise.

Bombora launched a £17 million project to construct and test the first mWave off the coast of Pembrokeshire at the end of 2017.  In 2018, Bombora successfully secured a £10.3 million Welsh European Funding Office grant to support this project via the Welsh Government.

 

Bombora is committed to developing a visually and environmentally “low impact” renewable wave energy converter in Pembrokeshire.  We are also helping to boost economic development and support the growth of the marine energy sector in Wales. Bombora is driving cutting-edge innovation for international success and Pembrokeshire provides a perfect environment to achieve this goal.

 

With the support of local and specialist suppliers, Bombora’s team are currently designing and fabricating a full-scale 1.5 MW mWave prototype in Pembrokeshire.

Bombora is working closely with Pembrokeshire Costal Forum, the Milford Haven Port Authority and plans to access the Marine Energy Test Area (META) in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

 

What is mWave?

mWave™ is fully submerged in the ocean making it invisible while generating maximum electrical energy.  mWave is non-disruptive to ocean users and marine life and is designed to survive wild stormy conditions.  mWave measures 75m by 17m with a height of 7m. mWave sits 11m beneath the ocean’s surface (at Lowest Astronomical Tide) and will always have at least 4m of water above it.

 

Where will mWave be located?

mWave will be positioned at East Pickard Bay, approximately 1km from Freshwater West beach. The device has a communications cable which sits on the seabed running from the device to shore at East Pickard bay. The cable will run to an on-shore control station, screened from view, which sits 275m from the coastal footpath.

 

 

How long will the project last?

The project test plan involves operating mWave wave energy converter for a period of 6 -12 months, after which it will be removed.

 

Consultation

Bombora view community and stakeholder consultation to be a crucial stage of any project and this has certainly been the case in Pembrokeshire.

 

Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum and their Marine Energy Test Area Project held initial public exhibitions in December 2018. Over four events in Castlemartin, Angle, Pembroke Dock and Dale, Bombora met with the local community to discuss the project. The project was well received at these events.

 

Another set of public exhibitions will be held in the second half of 2019

09/10/19 - Pembroke Dock

17/10/19 - Pembroke

 

Find out more

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The following mWave Pembrokeshire Project information and documentation is available on request by emailing: pembrokeshireproject@bomborawave.com

 

  • Marine licence with Natural Resources Wales
  • Planning application with the Pembrokeshire National Park Authority
  • Non-technical summary of the Pembrokeshire Project Environmental Statement
  • Decommissioning Programme

 

If you have any queries about the project, please contact Bombora via email at pembrokeshireproject@bomborawave.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

Waves off the coast of Lanzarote

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.

Consultation

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.

Supply Opportunities

There will be multiple commercial contract opportunities for the local supply-chain to engage in during project development and ongoing operations.

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Future Projects

Orkney Islands, Scotland

About the project

Bombora has been awarded a FORESEA grant to develop a commercial deployment site for mWaves at Billia Croo in the Orkney Islands.  The site is operated by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and offers pre-consented, grid connected sites.

Bombora is actively working with EMEC regarding the devleopment of the site for future deployment of an array of mWave converters.

Peniche, Portugal

About the project

Site assessments conducted by Bombora over the last two years confirm the coast of Portugal as an ideal location for an mWave farm. Bombora conducted its’ Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) study for a 60MW wave farm at Peniche.

Bombora is working closely with WavEC to advance the site consenting process at Peniche and enable an array of mWave’s to be deployed.

Albany, Australia

About the project

The Albany site has a consistent and high wave energy resource and is an ideal location to install a small scale commercial array of 1.5MW mWave converters.  The Albany Wave Energy Project (AWEP) is an initiative by the Government of Western Australia to provide common user wave energy infrastructure in Albany.

Download Albany Project Media Q&A

This facility will become available for Bombora’s use from 2020. Bombora is currently cooperating with AWEP in the characterisation and assessment of the sites wave energy resource patterns, geological surveys and environmental studies.