Ocean energyProject Australian Wave Energy Atlas
Developed by the CSIRO, this project involved developing a web atlas that makes it easier to assess the feasibility of wave power projects.
The Australian Wave Energy Atlas (AWavEA) project aimed to support continued growth of Australia’s emerging wave energy sector. Key outcomes from the project include:
An improved assessment of the Australian wave resource
The revised wave energy resource information generated in the project provides an independent and verified dataset that spans a greater spatial extent with higher resolution and quality than has previously been available. Assessment of these data indicated the magnitude of resource is not a constraint for its future uptake, and confirmed the majority of the accessible Australian wave resource is in the south-east and south-western regions. An assessment of wave energy variability contributed new understanding of the resource, where favourable conditions (low variability) were identified in the southern regions. Until now, credible independent information about the resource had been a key limitation for the growth of Australia’s wave energy industry.