Albany will soon be home to an innovative wave energy research centre, the WA Government announced this week.
The University of Western Australia’s (UWA) Wave Energy Research Centre will be based in the former Albany Visitor Centre.
The state government has awarded $3.75 million to UWA to establish the centre as a hub for wave energy expertise, research and development.
“I am proud that Western Australia is leading the charge to be a world-leader in the development of renewable energy technology, which will see Albany become a global centre for expertise and innovation,” Premier Mark McGowan said.
“This centre demonstrates my government’s commitment to investing in the state’s scientific capacity.
“Albany is the perfect location to examine wave technology, and the new Wave Energy Research Centre will provide a facility for scientists from across the world to gather a deeper understanding of wave and offshore energy.”
The building will be fitted out and become operational in the coming months, providing scientists and other multidisciplinary experts with a dedicated hub to support their research endeavours on the South Coast.
UWA vice-chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater said the university was pleased to play a key role in the project and work with government and industry leaders to expand WA’s knowledge of renewable wave energy.
“With our abundance of wave, wind and solar energy, Western Australia is ideally positioned to be at the forefront of renewable energy research and technology,” Professor Freshwater said.
“The Wave Energy Research Centre will undertake world-class research to support the growth of the entire marine renewable energy sector.
“Research will be undertaken across a range of areas including offshore engineering, oceanography, marine biology, marine planning and management with potential impact on marine policy and law, commerce and economics.”
WA Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the centre is a “fantastic addition” to the Albany’s growing science and education precinct.
“Today marks another chapter in Albany’s proud history of leading renewable energy production and a step forward on our endeavour to see WA move from a technology taker to a technology maker,” she said.