Renewables add Island power
The world’s first grid-connected combined wave energy and solar microgrid will be trialled at Garden Island, it was announced last week.
The Garden Island Microgrid Project will consist of the reverse osmosis desalination plant operating at the island and new CETO 6 technology — the predecessor of which, CETO 5, began providing emissions-free power and fresh water to HMAS Stirling earlier this year.
Carnegie Wave Energy chief executive Michael Ottaviano said CETO 6 would add an additional 2MW peak of solar photovoltaic power generation and enough energy storage to allow safe, stable and reliable interac- tion with the electricity grid.
“Carnegie sees great potential to integrate its world-leading CETO wave technology into islands as well as fringe grid applications wherever there is a strong wave resource,” he said.
Western Power chief executive Paul Italiano, whose company will provide an engineer and advice for the next six months, said the energy provider saw significant potential for long-term economic benefits in increasing decentralised energy generation near the edges of the grid.
“The possibility of microgrids providing a lower-cost alternative to replacing ageing network infrastructure is very exciting,” he said.