Australian renewable energy developer, Carnegie, formally opened its Perth Wave Energy Project today.
The Perth Project was officially “switched-on” by Federal Minister for Industry and Science, the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP and the Commanding Officer of HMAS Stirling, Captain Angela Bond.
The Australian Department of Defence is the purchaser of all of the Project’s power for use on Garden Island by HMAS Stirling, Australia’s largest naval base. The project is the only wave power plant anywhere in the world operating multiple wave units.
Carnegie CEO, Dr Michael Ottaviano said: “The Perth Wave Energy Project is the culmination of many years’ work by the Carnegie team. The fact that this is the only wave power station operating anywhere in the world is a testament to the innovation and diligence of the Carnegie team. I’d like to thank all our staff, both past and present, along with our shareholders, the Western Australian and Federal Governments, the Department of Defence and the many other important project stakeholders”.
The Project will soon also become the first wave power station in the world to produce both power and freshwater, when Carnegie’s newly commissioned desalination plant on Garden Island is integrated into the Perth Wave Energy Project.
Carnegie is also working on next generation CETO 6 technology that will have four times the capacity of CETO 5 units. It is supported by some $11m in Federal Government ARENA funding and by a $20m debt facility from the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation.