Planning underway for Albany wave energy centre

The West Australian government is supporting a Wave Energy Centre of Excellence in a move to get the ball rolling on securing Albany’s future as a renewable energy city.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan recently met with representatives from the University of Western Australia and key industry stakeholders to discuss options for the Wave Energy Centre of Excellence.

This marks a major step forward for the government’s $19.5 million commitment to developing the centre and investing in renewable energy for Albany.

“We know that Western Australia and Albany can be technology makers rather than technology takers,” Ms MacTiernan said.

“WA has world-leading capability in the wave energy space – and we want that to flourish on our own shores.

“We have government, universities and industry working together to get the Wave Energy Centre of Excellence off the ground in Albany and help put WA at the forefront of this new field of renewables.”

In February, Carnegie Clean Energy announced a $19.5m commitment from the Western Australian State Labor party to fund a wave project and Centre of Excellence in Albany, if elected.

The project will be the first commercial-scale wave farm in Australia and will demonstrate the potential for WA and Australia to tap into a highly consistent renewable resource; delivering 24/7 clean power into the electrical grid at a time where recognition of the importance of reliable, clean energy in Australia has never been higher.