CARNEGIE CLEAN ENERGY
“This initiative has real potential.”
CARNEGIE Clean Energy has won a $15.75 million grant from the WA Government to deliver a wave energy pilot plant in Albany, WA.
The project involves the design, manufacture and installation of Carnegie’s CETO 6 wave unit at the company’s existing license area offshore from the Torbay and Sandpatch shorelines during the 2019-20 summer window.
Carnegie had been working on plans for a wave farm in Albany for the past five years, actively developing site studies, surveys and wave mapping to assess the viability of the project.
The initial project phase would deliver a 1MW CETO 6 unit, with a planned 20MW expansion that could eventually turn into a 100MW wave farm.
$11.7m of undrawn funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) for Carnegie to develop for a similar project at Garden Island, south of Perth, has received conditional approval to be transferred to the Albany project.
In addition, the WA Government has awarded the University of Western Australia a $3.75m grant to establish and manage an associated wave energy research centre in Albany, bringing together more than 30 researchers to support Carnegie’s research.
“Carnegie is delighted to be chosen as the recipient of the WA Government grant to establish the Albany Wave Project,” Carnegie managing director Michael Ottaviano said.
“With wave energy, we have the potential to take advantage of our local technology and resource advantage to build an industry we can then commercialise and export globally,” Dr Ottaviano said.
“Having a globally recognised Wave Energy Research Centre in WA will also attract national and international interest from research and industry participants.”
WA Regional Development minister Alannah Mactiernan said the Government was seizing the opportunity to leverage off the capabilities of WA'S industry and universities to create a new industry for the State.
“This initiative has real potential to develop world-class renewable energy technologies and skills in the Great Southern and could help to drive new opportunities across the renewable energy sector in WA,” Ms Mactiernan said.
“The wave energy technology project could make the Great Southern a hub for marine renewable energy expertise, bring long-term economic benefits and create regional jobs in this growing sector.”
Further details of the project were expected to be released in the coming weeks.
From L-R: Carnegie MD Michael Ottaviano with WA Mines and Petroleum minister Bill Johnston, WA Premier Mark Mcgowan and WA Regional Development minister Alannah Mactiernan.