Bombora seeks extreme wave and current tester
Bombora Wave Power Europe is looking to appoint a contractor to perform extreme wave and current testing in support of the company’s demonstration wave energy device.
According to the tender published on Welsh government’s procurement portal Sell2Wales, the European subsidiary of Australian-based Bombora wants to determine the hydrodynamic loads that its demo device will experience from exposure to extreme waves and currents at a defined location.
Therefore, the company is looking to hire a contractor that would deliver the full design of testing activities, and of a test model required to achieve the test objectives, while also specifying all components required for try-outs.
Additionally, the contractor is to produce a report detailing the results of the testing to support the development of Bombora’s fully-submerged membrane-style wave energy converter dubbed mWave.
The deadline to apply to the tender – set up as a two-stage procedure – has been set for October 2, 2018.
To remind, Bombora Wave Power Europe recently secured £10.3 million of EU funding to support the design and testing of its mWave device.
Bombora’s mWave device features a series of air-inflated rubber membranes mounted to a concrete structure on the sea floor.
As waves pass over the mWave, the air inside the membranes is squeezed into a duct and through a turbine. The turbine spins a generator to produce electricity. The air is then recycled to re-inflate the membranes to prepare them for the next wave.