Carnegie, UWA Get Grant for Anchoring System Project

Carnegie Wave Energy Limited will partner with the University of Western Australia (UWA) on a $460,000 project part funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant to research and develop more efficient anchoring systems for wave energy converters.

The project will use a multidisciplinary approach to investigate unique anchoring concepts, with the aim of developing novel strategies to avoid the most extreme loads and enabling optimum
anchor design.

Carnegie’s Chief Technology Officer, Jonathan Fiévez said: “The Centre for Offshore Foundations Systems at UWA has built a world class capability for developing and proving innovative anchoring solutions for offshore applications. They have a track record of lateral and pragmatic thinking, no doubt in part due to the challenging soil conditions found in Western Australia. A significant proportion of the cost equation for CETO is due to anchoring so this is an excellent opportunity to bring down costs further and faster.”

Partnering with UWA is part of Carnegie’s strategic approach to work with specialist research institutions and industry partners to develop innovations designed to be incorporated into CETO
6 and future projects which have the potential decrease costs and/or improve unit performance, the company said.

Such research areas include foundations, advanced control systems and the power take off system.