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Carnegie Wave wins grant to deliver cheaper, more efficient wave energy

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Carnegie Wave awarded Australian Research Council grant to work with UWA on ways to improve energy cost, efficiency.

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Despite claims from Liberal Senator Ron Boswell that no-one had “worked out” wave energy yet, ASX-listed wave energy developer – and installer of the world’s first fully operational, grid connected wave energy array – Carnegie Wave Energy is forging ahead, with the University of Western Australia, on a new R&D project to improve the anchoring systems for wave energy converters.

The $460,000 project, part funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant, will use a multidisciplinary approach to investigate unique anchoring concepts, with the aim of developing new strategies to improve anchor design and performance.

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Carnegie said that partnering with UWA was part of a strategic approach to co-develop innovations that could be applied to CETO 6 and future projects, with the potential cut the overall cost of wave energy generation and improve unit performance.

“The Centre for Offshore Foundations Systems at UWA has built a world class capability for developing and proving innovative anchoring solutions for offshore applications,” said Carnegie’s chief technology officer Jonathan Fiévez.

“They have a track record of lateral and pragmatic thinking, no doubt in part due to the challenging soil conditions found in Western Australia. A significant proportion of the cost equation for CETO is due to anchoring so this is an excellent opportunity to bring down costs further and faster.”

Carnegie, whose world-leading, 100 per cent Australian-owned CETO wave power systems were last month nominated for the Sustania Award for their potential to supply remote island markets, has been has been selling power to Australia’s largest naval base, HMAS Stirling, since its CETO 5 array was first switched on in February. It will also supply zero-emission desalinated water to the naval base.

The technology, although denied by Boswell, has even been one of very few clean energy technologies championed by federal industry minister Ian Macfarlane.

“Australia has some of the best wave energy resources in the world with our south and south-west coast among the best in the world – it makes sense to tap into this renewable potential that will help diversify our energy mix, and that’s exactly what this project does,” he said at the launch of the Perth Wave Energy Project last year.

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5 Comments
  1. PV believer 5 years ago

    Now that the CETO system has been in place for more then 10,000 hrs, is there any info on how much power they have provided to HMAS Stirling ?

    • WR 5 years ago

      I think Carnegie is a publicly listed company. So the kind of things you are looking for should be available in the company’s next annual report. Check their website to see when that is to be published.

  2. Alex Rogers 5 years ago

    And I’m really interested in how the cost of this technology stacks up against other renewables. Presumably still expensive, but interested to know when this is likely to be mainstream viable

  3. Clean livin 5 years ago

    Be aware, whilst CETO produces power to The naval base, the costs may not be competitive in the Australian commercial world of power generation.

    Australia generates cheap power, nationwide, but the infrastructure costs to deliver it are prohibitive.

    That is why CWE is looking at foreign market opportunities who have low infrastructure and HIGh generation costs. (Ie: diesel, etc.)

    • caskings 5 years ago

      Well if you are going to start somewhere. Competing against high cost supply is a good place to get some easy wins and further production / install experience.

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