We generated a numerical model of Bombora’s mWave™ device in 2018 and performed CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulations to calculate wave forces acting on it. The results informed the design of an mWave™ demonstrator prototype, which converts wave power to electricity, and will be tested at full-scale for the first time off the Welsh coast in 2021.
Our work formed part of Bombora’s broader numerical modelling and small-scale physical testing program to define design loads for the demonstrator mWave.
Our simulations tested mWave™ under seven wave conditions – from ‘normal’ to extreme wave climates. To do so, we used our own modified version of the open-source CFD model OpenFOAM®. Assessing wave loadings before field testing is vital for improving the performance, resilience and survivability of mWave under a range of conditions.
mWave’s modular design is an innovative rubber membrane cell module structure, which can easily scale up. Bombora’s 1.5MW Pembrokeshire Demonstrator Project, which is supported by a £13.4 million European Regional Development Grant through Welsh Government, will show the potential of the technology for use in large-scale marine renewable energy projects.