Part Two 
As referenced in part one of our newsletter (distributed earlier) please enjoy this special part two, highlighting a variety of AOEG members and their individual responses to current global events.

Despite circumstances, we are inspired to see the ocean energy community continuing its hard work toward commercialisation.

Bombora Wave Power

With Sam Leighton (below left) and Ffion Wright (below right)
Bombora Wave Power is an award-winning ocean energy company. Its innovative mWave aims to produce environmentally-friendly, consistent, cost-competitive energy for commercial-scale energy needs in coastal locations throughout the world.

For Bombora, the pandemic has afforded its teams an opportunity to focus on technology, project and commercialisation and development work, and the resulting advancements made – all of which will drive momentum when business resumes ‘as usual’. 

Bombora’s Managing Director, Sam Leighton, and Communications Manager, Ffion Wright, shared an update with AOEG.
AOEG: What has Bombora had to do differently?

Wright: In the weeks leading up to the lockdown, the Bombora management team put in place COVID-19 policies and prepared for remote working. Within days of the UK announcement, Bombora opened 26 new offices! Home-working was already a practiced arrangement for many staff, so the team was already well adept at video conferencing day-to-day – making the process of staying connected remarkably smooth.

It became clear to the company early on that staff welfare needed to be prioritised more than ever. The company has been carefully monitoring staff wellbeing throughout, listening to feedback and implementing flexible arrangements to accommodate the new world we find ourselves in.

AOEG: Are you working on any ocean energy-related initiatives to launch post-crisis?

Wright: When the UK lockdown was announced, the Bombora team based at the European Head Office in Wales was entering the assembly phase of the full scale1.5MW mWave Pembrokeshire Demonstration Project. Workshops closed, but there has been significant cooperation from our global supply chain to navigate a clear path through this uncertain time together. 

Where possible, components have been relocated from suppliers’ premises across the UK and Europe to the fabrication and assembly workshops in Pembroke Dock. This will enable a speedy return to the assembly of our 1.5MW mWave once the necessary health and safety risk assessments and mitigations have been implemented and work commences again in workshops. 

Despite unavoidable delays to the schedule as a result of the pandemic, the Bombora team remains confident mWave deployment will go ahead in the first half of 2021.

AOEG: How might this change your business?

Wright: In addition to managing the progression of the Pembrokeshire project and the 3.0MW Lanzarote mWave wave park project, Bombora has made great strides in research and development activities during this lockdown period. The most recent major announcement details our collaboration with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult's Marine Energy Engineering Centre of Excellence (MEECE) in Wales, to launch a cutting-edge floating wave technology research project. The research will carry out an appraisal of extending Bombora’s mWave technology into an offshore environment, integrating wave and floating wind structures.

This approach offers the advantage of shared infrastructure, increased utilisation of the seabed area and the opportunity to smooth power generation. Bombora’s collaborative project with ORE Catapult’s MEECE cuts right to the heart of two important areas for innovation in offshore renewable energy right now; the development of wave energy and floating wind. The potential of integrating these two technologies presents major advancement – not only for our business, but for the sector.

AOEG: What’s next for Bombora?

Leighton: Bombora will continue to practice resilience, tenacity and agility as we recommence assembly for the Pembrokeshire project, focus on floating offshore mWave product development and run a global business in these testing times. 

Regardless of whatever challenges come up, one thing I am confident of is that mWave, with the determination of the Bombora team behind it, has gained enough momentum to keep moving forward. No matter what comes our way, we will keep pushing the boundaries of marine energy possibilities.

More information on Bombora’s objectives can be found on the website.


Carnegie Clean Energy

With Jonathan Fiévez
Carnegie Clean Energy is pursuing the immense and untapped market of wave energy through its core CETO technology. With over ten years’ experience delivering projects to build capability, demonstrate performance and generate valuable data, Carnegie continues to harness wave energy through expertise, technology and passion.

AOEG asked Carnegie’s CEO, Jonathan Fiévez, about the company’s adaptation to recent events. 

AOEG: What is the most significant change Carnegie has had to make to get through the crisis?

Fiévez: Carnegie had planned to attend our tank testing campaign in Spain, where we were testing our new machine learning based wave predictor. Spain is starting to return to work, but travel from Perth is still not an option – so we adjusted the campaign to allow it to go ahead without Carnegie staff in attendance. We’ll be closely monitoring the tests remotely of course. The commencement date hasn’t been confirmed but we’re hopeful it will kick off in the coming few months.

AOEG: Can you tell us a bit more about the wave predictor?

Fiévez: The wave predictor is a key component in the advanced control system that Carnegie is developing for the new generation of CETO wave energy converters. This control system will principally allow CETO to capture more of the available energy and therefore reduce the overall cost of energy. The tank testing will validate the technique and establish accuracy benchmarks. A successful test will also provide the evidence to allow marketing of the technology to other marine industries that could benefit from accurate, short-term wave prediction.

To learn more about Carnegie’s mission and projects, visit the website.


With Fanny Sauvignon
INGINE’s Wave Energy Converter (WEC) technology provides an innovative method of generating power using the whole range of wave movements. This method enables application even in shallow water, where other technologies may face difficulty. 

INGINE’s Business Development Manager, Fanny Sauvignon, outlined the upside of recent circumstances for the company. 
AOEG: What impact has COVID-19 had on INGINE?

Sauvignon: The last months made things complicated for everyone and every organisation. At INGINE, the difficulties we faced allowed us to refocus on our mission, as well as to renew our commitment to our global stakeholder community. In Korea, where most of our team is based, the domestic approach to the COVID-19 pandemic allowed INGINE to conduct business almost as usual, while ensuring safe work conditions. Besides, our investors have been really supportive.

Admittedly, we have had to make some compromises on the timeline of our international projects. Despite the physical closing of borders however, there has been no break in communication with our partners abroad, with whom we stand ready to resume field work at the earliest. Since February, there has been a collective effort to ‘make this time count’ and stride toward commercialisation and continued innovation.
AOEG: That’s great! What other updates does INGINE have to share?

Sauvignon: We are happy to announce that our Scotland-based subsidiary, INGINE Wave Energy Systems (IWES), was selected by the North West Europe Marine Energy Alliance (NWE MEA) to receive technical and commercial support from specialised organisations in the British Isles.

Beyond pursuing a combined technical and commercial strategy, we stand committed to match the environmental impact of our clean energy solutions with targeted social impact for local development, with the help of the right partners. It is also encouraging to see that more and more long-term investment programs from development banks are targeting clean technology developers. We feel that these banks are finally getting on the same page as ocean energy developers, and the pandemic probably encouraged such realisation. We are ready to do our part in the global green and blue recovery.  

To find out more about INGINE’s technology, visit the website.


MAKO Tidal Turbines

With Douglas Hunt
MAKO Tidal Turbines was recently featured by CNN Business. Providing an overview of MAKO’s technology and potential, the video offers a brief introduction to the principles of tidal energy. It is inspiring to see Australia’s ocean energy potential being broadcast on a global scale.

Watch the video below.



With Marlène Moutel

Sabella is a French tidal and ocean stream turbine developer, responsible for supplying reliable turnkey energy solutions worldwide. Backed by a broad panel of experts, the company’s multidisciplinary team is committed to the development of clean, tidal energy. 

Sabella Commercial Engineer, Marlène Moutel, provided an update on the company’s news.  

AOEG: What is the most significant adaptation Sabella has had to make? 

Moutel: Our management quickly made the decision to go for remote working from home for every employee at Sabella. This has been in place since early March, and despite the stepwise deconfinement of France since early June, Sabella is keeping the teleworking until the end of this month. 

However, as our tidal turbine D10-1000 is in maintenance at the port, our technical staff have received special additional safety equipment and are respecting social distancing to move forward with the physical work on the turbine. For the commercial team, we are cautiously looking forward the reopening of borders to reschedule meetings and events with international partners. 

AOEG: Are you working on any energy-related initiatives to launch post-crisis? 

Moutel: All teams have been working on the different projects we have in the pipeline at the moment. We are still working on the PHARES and TIGER projects for the deployment of small pilot arrays. In addition, Sabella has recently shared two highlights:

1. Sabella is now part of the Welsh Morlais project, aimed at developing a 240 MW demonstration zone off the coast of Anglesey. Sabella is focused on developing a multi-MW project within one of the sub-zones.

2. Sabella, Orbital Marine Power and Sustainable Marine Energy – three key players in the tidal energy sector – have joined forces and created the Tidal Alliance to promote Ocean Energy Europe’s Annual Conference, which will be held on the 8 and 9 December in Brussels.

AOEG: Have you noticed any positive changes within the industry as a result of this crisis?

Moutel: It might still be too early to detect positive changes as a result of this crisis, but Sabella is convinced that collaboration among the ocean energy sector will be reinforced. Many collaborative projects are emerging, and all members of the sector are sharing a common goal for the industry: to move down the learning curve and eventually enable cost reductions and increase cost-competitiveness.

More detail on Sabella’s initiatives can be viewed on the website.


Wave Swell Energy

With Tom Denniss

The land-based construction work for Wave Swell’s UniWave 200 King Island project – highlighted in previous AOEG newsletters – is nearing completion and it will soon be deployed at Grassy, King Island.

AOEG checked in on the venture with Wave Swell’s Executive Director, Tom Denniss.

AOEG: How has COVID-19 impacted the King Island project?

Denniss: We are now experiencing some project delays as a consequence of Tasmania’s COVID-19 enforced domestic border control restrictions. However, we are also progressing with related engineering work during this time. Unless COVID-19 issues extend longer than expected, we envisage the unit being deployed at King Island by the end of the year.

News for Wave Swell Energy

The following videos provide a dynamic overview of Wave Swell Energy’s technology and the status of the King Island Project as of May 2020. 


SBS published an exciting and informative dive into Wave Swell Energy’s King Island project during May. Focusing on the potential for the project, the article explores what Wave Swell’s technology could mean for Australia’s renewable future.

Read the full article below. 


“The ocean is so huge, the potential for energy there is massive.”

Luke Murray
Managing Director, Capaticus
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