Wave power connection for south coast

The Great Southern is set to harvest the relentless motion of the Southern Ocean following the announcement of $19.5 million in State Government grants to support wave energy on the south coast.

The University of Western Australia (UWA) will receive $3.75 million in support of a new Wave Energy Research Centre in Albany, and Carnegie Clean Energy was awarded a $15.75 million grant towards the further development of wave energy technology.

Albany MLA Peter Watson, Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan, Carnegie Clean Energy Managing Director Mike Ottaviano and UWA Oceans Institute Director Professor Erika Techera visited Sandpatch for the wave energy announcement.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan announced the grants on Friday 6 October and said the initiative had 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.

"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,” the Minister said.

The Wave Energy Research Centre will build on expertise already developed at the UWA Oceans Institute. UWA will work with researchers from Curtin University, allowing some of Australia’s brightest scientists to work together on the renewable energy initiative.

Carnegie will install a one-megawatt wave energy converter on the seabed off the Sandpatch coast. The seabed installation will be connected to the existing power grid at the Albany Wind Farm.

As part of the funding support, the connecting infrastructure will be available to other wave energy companies, enabling them to test alternative wave energy technologies.

Photo: Albany MLA Peter Watson, Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan, Carnegie Clean Energy Managing Director Mike Ottaviano and UWA Oceans Institute Director Professor Erika Techera visited Sandpatch for the wave energy announcement.

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