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BPS bioWAVE Ocean Pilot at Port Fairy

  • $11.54m

    ARENA Funding

  • $24.20m

    Total Project Value

  • Project basics

    ARENA Program

    Emerging renewables

    Lead Organisation

    BioPower Systems Pty Ltd

    Start Date

    Jun 2012

    Project Partners

    None

    Location

    Port Fairy, Victoria

    Status

    Past

Project Basics

ARENA Program

Emerging renewables

Lead Organisation

BioPower Systems Pty Ltd

Start Date

Jun 2012

Project Partners

None

Location

Port Fairy, Victoria

Status

Past

Summary

This project aimed to demonstrate an innovative new method for converting wave energy into electricity using the patented bioWAVE technology to efficiently convert wave energy to mechanical energy via a unique mechanical-to-electrical energy converter.

Need

Ocean waves are an abundant and consistent source of renewable energy. Development of Australian technologies that effectively harvest this energy could lead to employment and manufacturing opportunities in the renewable energy sector as well as increased use of wave energy as a renewable source of electricity.

Project innovation

The patented bioWAVE technology was developed in Australia to extract energy from ocean waves and convert it into electricity. The bioWAVE was designed to convert wave energy to mechanical energy and then use a unique mechanical-to-electrical energy converter.

Both the gentle swaying motion of the bioWAVE, which intended to move with the forces of the ocean rather than brace against them, and the ability for the unit to lie flat are features inspired by nature. The result is a unique technology that has specific performance, cost and environmental benefits.

Benefit

Beyond the potential direct benefit of offsetting carbon emissions, the project provided employment opportunities, local economic activity and skills development.

Lessons learnt from the Project will be shared with the Australian ocean renewable energy sector.

Decommissioning

The bioWAVE unit is being dismantled and recycled. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) will be ensuring that this area is fully rehabilitated with minimal impact to marine life or the sea-bed and nearby reef system during the decommissioning process, which will also include the removal of an electrical cable attached to the mainland electrical grid.

More information

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Contact information

Dr Timothy Finnigan, CEO

+61 (02) 9146 4420

tfinningan@bps.energy