World-first wave project launched in WA

Wave Technology webWAVE-generated electricity is now powering Australia’s largest naval base HMAS Stirling following the launch of the world-first renewable energy project last month.

Perth-based Carnegie Wave Energy switched on the power station for its Perth Wave Energy Project on Garden Island, launching the first commercial-scale grid connected to its CETO wave energy technology.

Carnegie chief executive Dr Michael Ottaviano said the project – which was partially funded by the federal and state governments – would provide clean electricity and zero emission desalinated water to the base.

Carnegies CETO technology has been under development for 10 years and has had around $100 million invested in its commercialisation in this time.

WA Energy minister Mike Nahan said the system could generate power for both onshore and offshore consumption and would boost the state’s economy.

“Through state and federal funding and support, Carnegie has taken WA to a world-leading position in wave energy commercialisation,” Mr Nahan said.

Projects like this create employment for West Australians and provide ways to tap into the state’s rich renewable energy resources.”

State Environment minister Albert Jacob said wave energy was very predictable and not tied to the daily cycles of the sun and wind, making it a particularly valuable energy resource.

“The wave farm harnesses the enormous and untapped renewable energy resource in our ocean waves and converts into two of the most important resources on the planet – clean energy and fresh water,” he said.

The Federal Government contributed $13.1 million to the project and the WA Government provided $9.96 million through its low emissions energy development (LEED) fund.