Western Australia wave energy project on the brink of commercialisation
Australia could be set for a breakthrough in energy derived from waves, following the launch a major new project in Western Australia. Carnegie Wave Energy unveiled three large buoys in Perth on Wednesday as part of a new $70 million technology which will feed energy into the Australian grid later this year. The enormous buoys, called buoyant actuators, will be towed out into the ocean near Garden Island, off the coast of Perth. The buoys will then be submerged and attached to underwater pumps. The high-pressure water will also be fed into an onshore desalination plant, creating fresh water without the need for pumps. Electricity and water provided by the project will be used by the department of defence for HMAS Stirling, Australia’s largest naval base, which is on Garden Island. The government, which has provided $13.1 million in funding through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), said the project will be the first operating wave energy array scheme in the world.