Perth Wave Energy Project connects to the grid

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Perth Wave Energy Project was formally opened by Ian Macfarlane, the Federal Minister for Industry and Science, and is now feeding electricity to the West Australian power grid.

The Project represents the first grid connected CETO wave power plant and the only wave power plant anywhere in the world operating multiple wave units.

The power produced from the wave power plant will be used on Garden Island by HMAS Stirling, Australian naval base.

Ian Macfarlane said: “The Carnegie project is great evidence of a commercial success in renewable energy. This type of practical application will guide future development of Australia’s renewable energy sector.”

Ivor Frischknecht, CEO of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) that provided USD 10 million funding support for the Project, said: “Carnegie is already taking the next steps to move their technology towards competitiveness with other sources of renewable power generation. This progress is a clear example that given time, and with the right government support, emerging renewable energy technologies can progress along the innovation chain towards commercialization.”

Carnegie has been developing its CETO technology for approximately 10 years, and investments in its commercialization amount to USD 80 mln.

ARENA was established by the Australian Government as an independent agency to make renewable energy technologies more affordable and increase the amount of renewable energy used in Australia.

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Image: Carnegie Wave

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