By Conrad Maclean
WA renewable energy company Carnegie Clean Energy has been awarded almost $16 million by the State Government to help build a wave energy facility in Albany.
The project will involve Carnegie’s Ceto6 project, housed at Garden Island, which uses submerged buoys in deep water to capture energy from passing waves to generate zero emission electricity and desalinated water.
Ceto6 buoy Technology courtesy of Carnegie wave
Carnegie plans to move its facility at the naval base to the South West town and and expand its 1MW wave energy project to 20MW. The project will feed renewable energy back on to the grid.
The company’s managing director, Michael Ottaviano, told Bounce News the move would attract global interest and research participation.
“With wave energy, we have the potential to take advantage of our local technology and resource advantage to build an industry we and export globally” Mr Ottaviano said.
Murdoch University chair of energy studies Dr Jonathan Whale is excited by the project. Murdoch and the University of WA are planning a wave energy research centre.
Dr Whale hopes Carnegie’s research facility will collaborate with Murdoch University, sharing information for academic purposes. Carnegie plans to collaborate with Murdoch University along with other research institutions such as the CSIRO.