Enhanced Engineers from Pembrokeshire College went head-to-head with engineering graduates and undergraduates from universities across the UK as part of the inaugural ‘Bombora Wave Power Challenge’ cup sponsored by Welsh Government.
The ‘Bombora Wave Power Challenge’ gathered forty dynamic students from across the UK to battle it out in an intensive technical engineering and water sporting event. The students were thrown into marine energy challenges, relating to Bombora’s innovative mWave technology, to test their problem solving and innovation skills.
In the two-day challenge, two teams of Pembrokeshire College Level 3 engineering students competed against the engineering departments of several prestigious UK universities including Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Plymouth and Southampton.
Having been put through their paces by the judges and their fellow competitors Andy Jones, the Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Milford Haven, awarded the prizes to the winning teams. He said he was ‘delighted to see so many universities taking part in the inaugural event and was thrilled that Bombora had initiated the challenge weekend to promote the industry and commercial opportunities in the region’.
The objective of the event was to inspire the next generation of engineers, celebrate the beautiful Pembrokeshire National Park landscape where Bombora is headquartered and encourage positive engagement and relationships with industry, academic institutions and the local community as well as promote the commercial opportunities within the marine energy sector in Wales.
The judges, Professor Ian Masters of Swansea University, Paul Ellsmore of ORE Catapult and Cam Algie, Chief Technology Officer of Bombora had a very difficult task selecting the winners from an array of innovative and thought-provoking presentations.
Although not placed, the judges had lots of praise for the College’s engineering teams who refused to be fazed by the opposition. Pembrokeshire College engineering lecturer, William Bateman accompanied the learners and commented: “Our enhanced engineers really did the College proud. They dropped everything at the last minute to take part in this competition which was aimed at engineering graduates. Throughout the two-day challenge, our first year students gave the universities a run for their money coming up with some excellent solutions and will be back next year to take home a trophy.”
Sam Leighton, Managing Director of Bombora spoke about the success of the event saying “It’s been a wonderful opportunity to welcome the next generation of engineers to this beautiful corner of west Wales and share our exciting mWave Project. All the students participated wholeheartedly, and we hope left inspired and may even consider renewable marine energy as a career path.” Sam also commented on the benefits to his team; “We have all really enjoyed having the opportunity to share our passion for renewable wave energy and our project as well as inspire these talented young engineers.”
Bombora is currently preparing to install its 1.5MW mWaveTM demonstration project in the Marine Energy Testing Area off the coast of Pembrokeshire, funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. Bombora Wave Power is an award-winning ocean energy company committed to providing clean, renewable electricity.