Western Australia awards grants for Albany Wave Energy Project and research

The government of Western Australia officially announced it has awarded more than $19 million in grants to develop marine energy technology via the Albany Wave Energy Project and continue research.

Albany is located at the southern tip of Western Australia.

According to WA, it awarded Carnegie Clean Energy Ltd. (CCE) a $15.75 million grant for use toward installing a wave energy converter (WEC) device off the coast of Albany that is capable of producing about 1 MW of electrical power for export in to the South West Interconnected System.

Earlier this year, CCE announced it was receiving WA funding for the Albany Wave Energy Project, but WA did not make an official announcement until Oct. 6.

In November 2016, HydroWorld.com reported CCE changed its name from Carnegie Wave Energy Ltd. The name change followed the acquisition of 100% of leading solar and battery microgrid developer, Energy Made Clean (EMC). This transaction followed Carnegie’s strategic alliance with, and investment in, EMC earlier in the year. The acquisition was subject Carnegie shareholder approval.

WA said, “The CCE [Albany Wave Energy Project] will advance wave energy technology by establishing common user infrastructure, enabling other wave energy industry companies to test their technologies into the future. CCE will work with other Western Australian companies to create opportunities for more jobs and economic growth in the renewable energy sector.”

WA also awarded the University of Western Australia (UWA) a $3.75 million grant to develop the Wave Energy Research Centre, building on expertise already developed at the UWA Oceans Institute in Albany.

WA said, “UWA will work with researchers from Curtin University, allowing some of Australia’s brightest scientists to work together on this ground-breaking renewable energy initiative.”

CCE Managing Director, Michael Ottaviano, said, “Carnegie is delighted to be chosen as the recipient of the WA government grant to establish the Albany Wave Energy Project. With wave energy, we have the potential to take advantage of our local technology and resource advantage to build an industry we can commercialize and export globally.”



Also on Oct. 6, CCE issued a release in conjunction with the WA award announcement, in part saying the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Board has conditionally approved CCE’s request to move funding from the CETO 6 WEC project to the Albany initiative.

CCE said about $11.7 million in funding remains from the CETO 6 WEC project.

As part of its US$46 million ARENA-funded project, CCE is generating energy from a grid-connected CETO 6 WEC unit off the coast of Garden Island in Western Australia. The CETO 6 system operates under water, converting ocean wave energy into electricity and desalinated water. Each CETO 6 unit has a targeted, nominal 1 MW power capacity and transmits that power onshore via subsea cable.

CCE said it will continue to use the Garden Island site for its own wave energy research and prototype testing as well as working with other wave energy developers at the site.

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Gregory B. Poindexter formerly was an associate editor for HydroWorld.com.

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