Australian start up Bombora Wave Power is testing its mid-scale wave energy collector on Melville Water, section of the Swan River, in Perth.
Bombora’s wave energy collector produces electricity by harnessing the power of waves. It is different to other wave energy systems, which usually involve tethered buoys that float in the ocean.
The full-scale commercial scale trial allows Bombora to test a number of system configurations to allow improvements to the design and control system features before launching into full-scale commercial scale trials.
This follows Bombora’s previous small scale trials under a collaboration with the Australian Maritime College, four West Australian Universities and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.
Bombora Wave Power CEO Sam Leighton said: ‘Testing this mid-scale wave energy collector in salt water is a significant step forward for the company. Bombora has previously completed small scale trials in a collaborative effort with the Australian Maritime College, four West Australian Universities and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.
"We are now in the advanced planning stage for a full-scale commercial scale trial at one of a number of prospective testing sites."
The seven-meter long structure comprises a long, flexible, blue membrane, which is moved due to water movement.
This forces air through a turbine, resulting in electricity generation.
West Australia Energy Minister Michael Nahan said "It is pleasing to see a company participating in the State Government’s Business Incubator program reach such an important milestone.
"Demonstration projects such as this are an important step in the commercialisation of new technology and this project is testament to the dedication of the people behind Bombora Wave Power."
Image: Bombora Wave Power tests mid-scale wave energy device in Australia. Photo: courtesy of Bombora Wavepower.