MoorPower deployed for the second phase of validation at the offshore test site in North Fremantle WA. Source: Carnegie Clean Energy

MoorPower demonstrator redeploys at North Fremantle test site 

Carnegie Clean Energy’s MoorPower demonstration project has been redeployed at the offshore test site in North Fremantle, Western Australia.

MoorPower deployed for the second phase of validation at the offshore test site in North Fremantle WA. Source: Carnegie Clean Energy

Following the initial deployment that validated MoorPower’s functional design and numerical modeling, showing the ability to meet commercialization targets, the second phase will gather additional generation data under various conditions to support the commercial rollout of the technology, said Carnegie.

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Before redeployment, the team conducted inspections and added sensors to capture more data during the winter deployment. The winter sea states will resemble conditions at future commercial sites. According to Carnegie, this data will reinforce previous validation work and further validate MoorPower in diverse conditions.

Partners in the Blue Economy CRC’s MoorPower Project recently met and reviewed the outcomes of the project’s initial stage and discussed the next stage, which involves deploying MoorPower modules on a commercial feeding barge. Attendees included Huon Aquaculture, Tassal Group, ACSA, and the University of Queensland.

In January 2024, the device was deployed in North Fremantle and brought back to port for inspection and maintenance in April 2024.

MoorPower is a wave converter system designed for offshore energy demand applications. The MoorPower module works on the same principle as the CETO Power Take Off (PTO), but on the surface and at a smaller scale, so learnings are transferable to Carnegie’s projects in Europe.

According to Carnegie, the MoorPower device is designed to harness offshore energy, initially targeting aquaculture barges and vessels requiring electrical power while operating in remote offshore locations.

The company said that the MoorPower modules have been engineered for simple detachment and reattachment as is required for commercial operating barges, ensuring that the barge can be easily maintained.

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