World first wave array hits 12 months of operation

The world’s first commercial-scale wave energy array that is connected to the grid and has the ability to produce desalinated water has completed 12 months of operation with $13 million funding support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

Carnegie Wave Energy’s $32 million Perth Wave Energy Project has seen the design, deployment and testing of three CETO 5 wave energy units off the coast of Garden Island, Western Australia.

ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said the successful operation was a huge achievement and further cemented Australia’s position as a leader in renewable wave power.

“It demonstrates Carnegie is well placed to continue progressing its innovative technology through the development of its next generation CETO 6 unit,” Mr Frischknecht said.

“The three CETO 5 units have been retrieved and invaluable data is being collected from onboard sensors.

“This learning will be useful for the further development and operation of the CETO 6 wave power unit, along with other Carnegie projects and Australia’s wave energy industry more broadly.”

More information

Carnegie Wave Energy media release – 27 January 2016: CETO 5 & CETO 6 Project Grant Funding Update