An Australian wave power company, Carnegie Wave Energy, has released that they have been working with the government owned energy company to create the world’s first wave energy island microgrid connected to an electricity network.
The undersea network will be built about 10km off the Coast of Garden Island, near Perth.
The undersea system, if successful, may become a model for other areas near the sea.
“Carnegie sees great potential to integrate its world leading CETO wave technology into islands as well as fringe of grid applications wherever there is a strong wave resource,” Michael Ottaviano, Carnegie’s CEO said in a press statement.
The CETO units are buoys that are fully submerged called buoyant actuators. They are tethered to a pump of the ocean floor, and the actuators move with the waves transferring the energy through the tether to the pump that then sends pressurized fluid to power a hydroelectric power plant.
The Garden Island grid will utilise the CETO 6, which is expected to power about 2,000 to 3,000 homes, at this time however all the power will be used to power the Australian Defence Department and a desalination plant on the island.