Australian wave energy company Bombora Wave Power has opened its new headquarters in Wales, UK to expand its European operations.
This follows Bombora’s capital raising announcement on 17 November, 2017 detailing a multi-milliondollar investment from global energy and environment company, Enzen. The funding is supporting the development of Bombora’s mWaveTM , a 1.5 Megawatt (MW) device that converts wave energy into lowcost, clean electricity.
Bombora is basing its operations in the south of Wales at Pembroke Dock. The region offers good access to experienced marine energy staff, critical supply chain capability and marine operations expertise, enabling Bombora to strengthen its team and ramp up operations to commercialise the mWave technology.
Key staff including Chief Executive Officer, Sam Leighton and Chief Technical Officer, Cam Algie, are relocating from Australia to Wales to launch the operations and facilitate the transfer of mWave technology. Bombora plans to ramp up their recruitment and supply chain activities over the coming weeks as the Pembrokeshire operations become fully operational.
Commenting on the expansion into Wales, Bombora’s CEO, Sam Leighton said, “We are excited to headquarter our European manufacturing operations in Wales. The Welsh offer various schemes and financial incentives as well as excellentplanned testing facilities, to make it an ideal location to develop our mWaveTM technology commercially.”
He continued, “Our parent company and Board remain in Australia, where we have an extensive networkof development partners still integrally involved in developing the mWaveTM, as well as the Albany Project in the mid term pipeline.”
The Welsh team will focus on a two and a half year, €20 million project to design, fabricate and test the first 1.5 MW mWaveTM prototype. Bombora is in discussions with Marine Energy Wales and the Milford Haven Port Authority to secure both construction and test sites. Bombora plans to access the Marine Energy Test Area (META) in Pembrokeshire, Wales which includes access to an exposed ocean testing area. META is being developed by Marine Energy Wales and the test
areas can accommodate multiple wave and tidal energy developers.
Portugal project update
In parallel with the core Welsh Project, Bombora will continue to develop sites suitable for ‘multi device commercial trials’, including the previously announced project in Peniche, Portugal. The site consenting process is continuing at Peniche which is an ideal location for the mWave.