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World's First 1 Megawatt Wave Energy Power Plant Launched in South Australia

by , 10/30/13
filed under: News, Renewable Energy

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Australia’s Oceanlinx just launched the world’s first 1 megawatt wave power plant in Port MacDonnell, South Australia. The wave energy converter was developed with support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), and it will undergo tests over the next 12 months to determine how well it feeds into the national power grid. If all goes well the initiative plans to follow up with a 10 megawatt version of the device.


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Oceanlinx’s “greenwave” technology works by using waves to produce high pressure air, which is fed through a turbine to generate electricity. The company says it is made of simple flat packed prefabricated reinforced concrete that makes the structure heavy enough to anchor itself to the seabed in approximately 10-15m of water without the need for destructive seafloor preparation.

“Our investment aims to demonstrate the technology and share lessons learnt to catalyse future projects,” ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht told offshoreWIND. “The project has improved collaboration between the research, government and industry sectors to deliver wave energy projects including coordination on regulatory matters, which will make the next project easier.”

Even though ARENA supplied $4.4 million of the project’s $8 million cost, Oceanlinx has already struck a power purchase agreement with renewable energy retailer Diamond Energy to generate revenue for this project and possible future ones.

Via CleanTechnica

Images by ARENA and Oceanlinx

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5 Comments

  1. alandee July 17, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    It\’s a shame this is currently both visual and environmentally polluting off the coast of Carrickalinga off south Australia after the company went belly up and has abandoned it there .. not an overly environmentally conscious decision! This is what gives green energy a bad name. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-15/damaged-wave-generator-carrickalinga-could-take-year-to-remove/5390374

  2. Gail Antijunti June 17, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    This is a fantastic idea!

  3. Dom Paleffree December 22, 2013 at 4:02 am

    No need for ROE if its a public service.

  4. moon power November 2, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Whats the ROI on this 8 million machine? How fast to recoup the RnD? Ways to make the process cheaper / automate?

    This is a very exciting project.

  5. Carolyn Cordon October 31, 2013 at 7:26 am

    This sounds like exciting stuff! Well done.

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