Altrad Services have been awarded a key contract for the fabrication of the cell modules for the Bombora mWave energy demonstration project. The 1.5MW demonstration device will be one of the most powerful wave energy converters built.
Sam Leighton, Managing Director, Bombora, commented: “We are very pleased to be able to award this key contract to a company with a solid base in Pembrokeshire. The majority of our work to date has been awarded to local companies and there are more opportunities for the local supply chain to benefit.”
Tony Jester, Maintenance, Modifications and Overhauls Managing Director of Altrad Services said “We’ve long supported industry in the Pembroke region, and to now be selected to work in the burgeoning renewables sector is great news. Each steel cell module will weigh 30 tonnes, and our skilled Pembroke fabrication teams are looking forward to working on this ambitious project.”
The mWave rests on the sea floor like a fully submerged reef making it invisible while extracting maximum energy. “Bombora” is an indigenous Australian term for an area of large sea waves passing over a shallow area such as a reef, or sand bank that is located some distance from the shoreline.
The mWave is non-disruptive to ocean users and marine life and can survive storm conditions. Its flexible rubber membrane design, which is part of the cell module structure, pumps air through a turbine to generate electricity. The mWave is able to operate 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year in any conditions where there is movement in the sea’s surface, including low swells.