Research Facility

Carnegie has been operating its unique, purpose built private Wave Energy Research Facility since 2005. It is an invaluable asset and an enabler of Carnegie’s rapid prototyping capability that allows the company to move from concept to in-ocean prototype testing, via advanced computational modelling and onshore testing.

Carnegie’s Wave Energy Research Facility is located at Fremantle in Western Australia and consists of an integrated onshore and offshore test facility. Onshore, Carnegie carries out high cycle, accelerated testing of CETO components. This has included a combined 3 million cycles of scaled CETO pumps to test performance and to increase understanding of wear and routine maintenance.

Offshore, Carnegie holds a lease over an ocean area that is used for ongoing in-sea prototype and pilot plant testing in a subdued wave energy “nursery” site allowing rapid testing and recovery. Carnegie is the only wave energy company in the world to have exclusive access to such a Wave Energy Research Facility.

Carnegie’s Wave Energy Research Facility:

Offshore lease area located 300m from onshore facility

Offshore test site connected via pipeline, hydraulic hoses, power and instrumentation cables to onshore facility

Real-time technology and environmental monitoring including offshore CCTV, SCADA data acquisition system and wave buoy

Onshore facility allows high frequency, in-house testing of components prior to deployment

Historical wave data collected since January 2007

Carnegie’s national and international research projects currently consist of more than $11million of R&D. Our internal and external R&D focus is on reducing the long-term LCOE of our CETO technology while increasing the overall energy conversion efficiency. To help deliver this, Carnegie has ongoing Research and Development collaborations with over 30 academic, industry and research organisations globally.