World-first wave energy project switched on in Perth!
Carnegie Wave Energy has officially switched on the onshore power station for its Perth Wave Energy Project. The world’s first commercial-scale grid connected wave energy array and marking the first time in Australia that wave-generated electricity has been fed into the grid. Waves are a powerful source of energy. Wave power is the
transport of energy by ocean surface waves, and the capture of that energy to do useful work.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) CEO Ivor Frischknecht said "the occasion marked an important point in the history of wave energy and is the culmination close to a decade of work."
The project will sell power to the Australian Department of Defence to supply Australia’s largest naval base, HMAS Stirling, which is located on
Garden Island. It will soon also sell fresh water to the base, once Carnegie’s newly commissioned desalination plant is fully integrated into the project.