Bombara and ORE test floating wave device

Wave energy developer Bombora has joined forces with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s Marine Energy Engineering Centre of Excellence (MEECE) in Wales to launch a floating wave technology research project.

The research will carry out a techno-economic appraisal of extending Bombora’s mWave technology in an offshore environment and will investigate the feasibility of co-location with floating wind structures.

Sam Leighton, MD of Bombora, said: “We believe Bombora’s mWave technology offers an innovative solution that can meet the demands of the rapidly expanding offshore energy industry and reduce the levelised cost of energy. Increasing the cost effectiveness of projects by sharing the expense of joint infrastructure, such as the floating platform, moorings and export grid connection to shore will inevitably drive down costs.  Our research project with ORE Catapult is an important development stage to prove this potentially market disruptive solution.”  

“This collaborative project cuts right to the heart of two important areas for innovation in offshore renewable energy right now – the development of wave energy and floating wind. To unlock the potential of co-locating these two technologies could be potentially game-changing for the sector,”
said Dr Paul Ellsmore, MEECE Programme Manager for ORE Catapult.

Bombora’s 1.5 MW mWave Pembrokeshire Demonstration Project, supported by a £10.3 million European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, is on schedule. Full marine consent for installation off the coast of Pembrokeshire has been granted, as the project moves into the assembly phase.

“Collaborating with a world-class research and test institution such as ORE Catapult’s MEECE places Bombora at a big advantage to capitalise on the floating offshore market opportunity. We are committed to driving innovation in the renewable energy sector and to making the advancements needed to benefit the environment and consumers,”
said Chris Williams, Bombora’s Commercial Manager.

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