“This ini­tia­tive has real po­ten­tial.”

The Australian Energy Review - - FRONT PAGE - Cameron Drum­mond

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.

Im­age: Carnegie Clean En­ergy.

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.

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