Australian Firm Opens World’s First Grid-Connected Wave Machine
The Perth Wave Energy Project, the world’s first commercial-scale, grid-connected wave energy system, is now in operation, with plans to sell power and desalinated water to HMAS Stirling, Australia’s biggest naval base.
Carnegie Wave Energy installed its first two CETO 5 wave energy generation units off Garden Island last year, RenewEconomy reports. “During the testing phase, the first 240-kilowatt peak capacity CETO 5 wave unit operated successfully for more than 2,000 hours,” said Ivor Frischknecht, CEO of the Australian Renewable Energy Association.
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“Carnegie’s unique, Australian-made CETO technology moves with the ocean’s waves to drive tethered seabed pumps and operates under water, providing protection from storms and corrosion,” Vorrath writes. “The submerged pumps feed high-pressure water onshore to the hydroelectric power station and desalination plant, supplying renewable energy and fresh water.”