Australian navy signs up to wave energy

The Australian Department of Defence (Defence) and wave energy developer, Carnegie, have signed formal power supply and grid connection agreements for the Perth Wave Energy Project on Garden Island, the base of HMAS Stirling, Australia’s largest naval facility.

These agreements govern the exclusive purchase of all the electricity generated from the Perth Wave Energy Project and the connection of the wave project into the local HMAS Stirling electrical infrastructure.

Carnegie’s Managing Director and CEO, Dr Michael Ottaviano, said,“It is significant, in light of current efforts by international navies to increase their renewable energy mix such as the US Navy, for the Australian Department of Defence and Royal Australian Navy to be supporting the development of emerging clean technologies like Carnegie’s CETO through the purchase of electricity.”

Whilst providing HMAS Stirling with a source of renewable green power, the project would also contribute to Defence and Commonwealth greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Carnegie has been working with Defence since the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in December 2008 and since then has successfully demonstrated the CETO technology at large scale in the ocean offshore of Garden Island.

The company won a A$10 million ($10.2 million) grant earlier this year from Prime Minister Julia Gillard's government, which is keen to promote clean energy investment.

"I am very pleased that we've been able to support the development of this world-leading technology ... through a new relationship between Carnegie Wave and our defence force," Gillard told reporters in announcing the deal in Perth.

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