Bentley-based Bombora Wave Power harnessing wave energy

Shawn Ryan, Bombora chief executive Sam Leighton and Glen Ryan.
Shawn Ryan, Bombora chief executive Sam Leighton and Glen Ryan.

BENTLEY-based Bombora Wave Power officially launched its mid-scale field wave power trial on Melville Waters last week.

Bombora Wave Power developed a system that converts wave energy into cost effective electricity.

According to founding brothers Shawn and Glen Ryan, waves are an abundant, inexhaustible and untapped source of renewable energy and their power can be harnessed as a renewable energy.

The installation is a seabed-mounted structure with a flexible membrane that enables the system to withstand storms and harness a greater proportion of the available wave energy.

The system’s flexible membrane and simple valving squeezes air through a closed circuit and extracts energy with an air turbine to generate electricity.

Rated at 1.5MW, each unit has the potential to supply renewable electricity for up to 500 homes or deliver up to 1GL of desalinated water each year; equivalent to the greenhouse gas benefit of taking 825 cars off the road.

The mid-scale field trial takes the company from the laboratory and proves the function of the system in a real world setting.