Knowledge and Innovation

Major projects in the Great Southern focused on knowledge and innovation are listed below.

Albany Wave Energy: Carnegie Clean Energy was awarded a $15.75 million grant from the State Government towards a wave energy technology project. The grant is being used to install a large-scale wave energy converter device off the coast of Albany capable of producing 1MW of electrical power for export into the South West Interconnected System. The project will advance wave energy technology by establishing common user infrastructure, enabling other wave energy industry companies to test their technologies into the future.

The University of Western Australia was awarded a $3.75 million State Government grant to develop a Wave Energy Research Centre in Albany, building on expertise already developed at the UWA Oceans Institute. A geophysical survey currently under way to inform the technical and economic feasibility of the proposed CETO 6 foundation design.

Affordable Student Accommodation Stage Two: Advance Housing will provide dedicated and affordable student accommodation facilities to encourage more international and domestic students to attend tertiary and vocational institutions in the Great Southern. Stage Two will see the construction of an accommodation facility at the old Albany Primary School site on Serpentine Road. Stage One involved the construction of 20 units opposite the UWA Albany Centre in the Norman House precinct and was completed in December 2017.

Stage Two is being supported with $11 million in Royalties for Regions funding and is due for completion in February 2020.

More details of the projects, including contacts, can be found on the Major Projects register.

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