Bombora has now contracted more than 70 percent of its £17-million Pembrokeshire demonstration project.
The project is part of Bombora’s accelerated commercialisation plan to validate mWave’s performance capabilities with a bigger scheme in Lanzarote, Spain already on the horizon.
Bombora’s mWave demonstrator is on schedule to begin the testing phase in 2020, having received full test site consents in the autumn of 2019.
It will be the first time a full-scale 1.5MW device has been deployed in the ocean.
Bombora’s follow up 2MW Lanzarote Project is currently progressing through the consenting. This grid connected wave park should be commissioned in 2022. Bombora has identified a pipeline of follow up commercial opportunities around the world.
Chris Williams, commercial manager at Bombora, said: “mWave has the potential to transform the marine energy sector and it is very exciting to see fabrication nearing completion. We are delighted to be able to bring this project to fruition in Pembrokeshire, with over £6 million committed to local suppliers to date.”
“It has been less than 2 years since the project was approved by the Welsh European Funding Office, and it has been a fantastic team effort to minimise the time it takes to design and build a full scale wave energy converter, as well as develop a fully consented test site.”
“As well as testing the nearshore mWave in 2020, we are also excited to be expanding the mWave product range to include floating offshore wave and floating hybrid wind+wave options”.