Wave power offers huge promise as a source of clean energy, and now Australia’s Carnegie Wave Energy is taking the technology to bold new places with the world’s first wave-integrated renewable energy microgrid project to be connected to an electricity network. Cleantechnica reports that Carnegie’s Garden Island Microgrid Project will include the company’s CETO 6 array, which is currently in progress – along with an existing reverse osmosis desalination plant that was fired up last week. The project will also boast two megawatts peak solar PV power, along with enough storage for safe, stable and reliable connections to the larger power grid.
Carnegie is already shipping power from offshore to the mainland of Australia via its CETO 5 array, which went online off the coast of Perth just seven months ago. CETO 6 just left the conceptual phase two weeks ago, but it’s expected to produce about four times more power than its predecessor – maxing out at 1 megawatt of generation.
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Carnegie CEO Michael Ottavaiano said Western Australia is a great place to build a project like this because there’s no need to build and maintain long transmission lines to coastal communities. He added that the Garden Island project, as it’s known, will also help demonstrate the potential the company sees to integrate its wave energy technology into islands and fringe grid applications, or basically wherever strong waves are to be found.
“Carnegie’s island power projects will invariably involve integrating CETO with other renewable energy power sources, desalination plants, diesel generation and increasingly energy storage,” he said in a statement on Thursday,” Ottaviano told Cleantechnica.
“This project will also be a great opportunity to demonstrate a real world, wave integrated microgrid system to our island customers.”
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