Carnegie Wave Energy has announced that its desalination pilot plant, part of the Perth Wave Energy Project, has received a quarterly grant payment of $143,436 as part of a $1.27M AusIndustry grant. The grant will support the design, construction and operation of a CETO wave powered desalination pilot plant. This is the fifth quarterly payment received and takes the total funds received to date to $949,096 which represents 100% of the construction portion of the grant funding.
Recently, the installation of the seawater discharge ocean outfall pipeline has been completed together with the last section of the onshore pipeline by contractor PIHA.
The desalination pilot plant is expected to be commissioned off electricity in the coming weeks.
The commissioning process includes testing to provide baseline data of the efficiency of a conventionally powered Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) plant. This will then be compared to the efficiency of the direct desalination wave powered SWRO system.