Albany wave energy project activities underway

Wave buoy installation

Carnegie Clean Energy has announced the Albany Wave Energy Project has commenced, following the $15.75 million in funding from the West Australian Government.

The project will be the first commercial-scale wave farm in Australia and will involve an initial 1MW unit followed by a 20MW wave farm.

The company said it had commenced the first stage of the project, which includes design and development activities.

The $50 million project is due to be completed by 2020.

“The first phase involves the detailed, localised measurement of the wave resource at the specific offshore site proposed for the installation of the CETO 6 unit,” the company said in a statement.

“The measurement of metocean conditions is now underway via the installation of a wave buoy approximately 1.5km off the existing Albany wind farm.

“The data buoy was deployed in 30m of water depth by a local Albany-based offshore operator and technician and is now measuring wave height, period and energy spectra and is transmitting this data to Carnegie’s CETO project team.”

The measured data will be used to validate the metocean modelling performed at the deployment site and will be fed into the detailed design phase of the CETO 6 unit and the common user infrastructure to maximise performance and survivability of the system and to minimise environmental impact.

Carnegie chief executive Michael Ottaviano said Albany is one of the greatest wave energy resources in the world.

“We have been overwhelmed with the response from the Albany community and we are determined to ensure Albany becomes a global leader in renewable energy.

The project aims to demonstrate Carnegie’s commercial prototype with the initial project phase including the delivery of an operating CETO 6 unit.

The Albany Wave Energy Project will be the first offshore demonstration of Carnegie’s CETO 6 technology.

The project will also deliver common user infrastructure at the Albany site, which Carnegie will make available for other wave energy industry developers once the CETO 6 project is complete.