Aussie Wave Energy Project Sets Record

The Perth-based Carnegie Wave Energy Project has broken a world record by completing 14,000 cumulative operating hours. For the past 12 months, the CETO 5 project has used an array of three off-shore wave power generators to provide clean electricity and potable desalinated water to Australia’s largest naval base, HMAS Stirling, on Garden Island in Western Australia. Supported with $13.1 million of funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the now-complete $40 million project was the first array of wave power generators to be connected to an electricity grid worldwide. Australia is surrounded by powerful oceans with more than 80% of the population living on the coast, so ARENA is betting that wave technology can be part of its future energy solutions in remote and on-grid communities, and an exportable global solution.  ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said the CETO 5 project is a prime example of how, with the right stewardship and support, improvements can be made on previous iterations of a technology, to progress it along the innovation chain towards commercialization. “The CETO 5 project demonstrates what this support can do for a technology’s development: assisting Carnegie to propel its technology’s development from an independently assessed Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of five, to a seven out of nine, in just three short years.”TRL is an internationally accepted measurement system used to assess the maturity level of a developing technology. “The data generated and the lessons learned throughout the CETO 5 project are being shared within the ARENA portfolio and the renewable energy industry more broadly, helping other wave energy projects advance faster and overcome development hurdles.”   

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