The Albany Wave Energy Project (AWEP) is a technology development project that involves the design, manufacture and installation of a CETO 6 unit in Carnegie’s existing licence area offshore from Torbay and Sandpatch in Albany, Western Australia. The unit will be operated for 12 months during which Carnegie will be testing the system to maximise learnings including optimising system performance, validating computational modelling results, refining installation and removal methodologies, and validating the reliability of the system. If successful, Carnegie aims to follow this with a 20MW wave farm and potentially a 100MW expansion.
The project will also deliver common user infrastructure at the Albany site which will be made available for other wave energy industry developers once AWEP is complete. AWEP is supported by $15.75m from the Western Australian Government’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and $11.7m from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
The WA State Government is also supporting the establishment of the national Wave Energy Research Centre to be run by the University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute and UWA’s Albany Campus. The local Western Australian investment will apply WA’s existing unique offshore energy capability to the development of a wave energy industry, creating domestic and export opportunities. Carnegie will play a significant role in the Wave Energy Research Centre through close collaboration with UWA and all of the Research Centre partners. This will include sharing the Project’s site-specific surveys and common user data. In addition, Carnegie intends to transfer the common user infrastructure to the State following the completion of the Project’s operational period. Carnegie will also be working with the Research Centre to facilitate access for industry partners to Carnegie’s wave energy research facility in North Fremantle and Carnegie’s Garden Island Demonstration site.