Wave energy developer Carnegie Wave Energy Limited has announced the completion of the onshore power plant for the Perth Wave Energy Project (PWEP).

In addition to completion of the onshore power plant, physical works have now been completed and the plant is ready for connection to the electricity grid at HMAS Stirling pending Western Power approval.

Carnegie has received a $54,444 milestone payment from the Western Australian Government under its LEED Grant for the PWEP. This payment was awarded for the completion of the onshore plant on Garden Island.

Carnegie has also submitted a milestone payment claim worth $316,785 for the completion of this milestone to the Australian Government under its grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Emerging Renewables Program.

PWEP is the first commercial-scale CETO grid and desalinated water connected wave energy project, and was supported by $13.1 million in Australian Government funding through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s Emerging Renewables Program.

PWEP was also supported by $7.3 million from the Government of Western Australia’s Low Emissions Energy Development (LEED) Fund. This is part of a larger $10 million LEED grant, awarded to Carnegie by the Western Australian Government, to support the development of the CETO technology from concept through to completion of PWEP.

The Desalination Pilot is supported by a $1.27m AusIndustry grant from the Clean Technology Innovation Program.

The CETO 5 technology being utilised in the Perth Wave Energy Project (PWEP) is configured to utilise the CETO pumps to pressurise water and deliver it onshore via an underwater pipe. Then, onshore, high-pressure water is used to drive hydroelectric turbines, generating zero-emission electricity. The high-pressure water can also be used to supply a reverse osmosis desalination plant, replacing or reducing reliance on greenhouse gas-emitting, electrically-driven pumps usually required for such plants.


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