Updates on wave energy work in Australia, UK

James Fisher Marine Services announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate with Carnegie Clean Energy Limited on deployment of its CETO 6 wave energy technology.

James Fisher says it will “help progress geotechnical, mooring and foundation techniques, processes and systems.” This work could include cooperation in a range of areas, including low-cost foundation design, subsea connectors, components and tooling, array planning, installation, operations and maintenance and offshore vessel selection, according to a press release.

The CETO 6 technology has a target rated power of 1.5 MW and is the platform Carnegie will use for commercial wave energy arrays, which it plans to deploy at the Albany project in western Australia. The CETO 6 will deliver power to shore, where it can be used to power desalination plants or exported to the grid.

In fact, Carnegie received a $15.75 million grant for the installation of a wave energy converter device off the coast of Albany in October 2017.

In other marine and hydrokinetic energy news, Wave Hub Limited submitted an environmental scoping report for the Pembrokeshire Demonstration Zone to Natural Resources Wales and the Marine Management Organisation last week.

This demonstration zone is an offshore site Wave Hub Limited has leased from The Crown Estate for the deployment or large-scale wave energy arrays. It is located about 15 km off the South Pembrokeshire coastline and is about 90 square kilometers. The report “considers a mix of wave energy and floating wind technology with a maximum total electricity generation of 100 MW,” Wave Hub says.

The scoping opinion resulting from this review will help guide what issues should be covered by an environmental impact assessment for the demonstration zone. Wave Hub says a consent application could be submitted in 2020, consent granted in 2022 and the first electricity generated by 2024.

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