Australia to build innovative new wave energy plant

The Australian government has announced plans to support a unique new type of wave energy plant in Western Australia, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

The new project would be a relatively small 2 megawatt plant near Garden Island, south of Perth, though there would be an option to the expand the plant later to produce as much as 5 megawatts of renewable energy.

However, the plant is also a test case for an entirely new approach to wave energy. The technology, developed by Western Australia-based Carnegie, rather than generating power at sea and then sending it through cables to land actually uses a series of pumps within devices out at sea to send pressurized seawater back to the power plant. This water is then used to turn a traditional turbine, generating clean energy.

"This is where I see Australia growing into renewable energy jobs of the future," Energy Minister Craig Ferguson told the Herald.

Forbes reports that the U.S. could soon begin catching up with other leaders in wave energy, with the recent launch of the Ocean Sentinel test platform, which should help companies test and demonstrate their technology in ocean conditions.

Reports on the global wave and tidal power market are available at PennEnergy's Research area.

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now


Logistics Risk Management in the Transformer Industry

Transformers often are shipped thousands of miles, involving multiple handoffs,and more than a do...

Secrets of Barco UniSee Mount Revealed

Last year Barco introduced UniSee, a revolutionary large-scale visualization platform designed to...

The Time is Right for Optimum Reliability: Capital-Intensive Industries and Asset Performance Management

Imagine a plant that is no longer at risk of a random shutdown. Imagine not worrying about losing...

Going Digital: The New Normal in Oil & Gas

In this whitepaper you will learn how Keystone Engineering, ONGC, and Saipem are using software t...

Latest PennEnergy Jobs

PennEnergy Oil & Gas Jobs