Two grants have been awarded in Western Australia to fund the advancement and research of wave energy technology projects in Albany, cementing its place as a hub of renewable energy expertise and jobs.
The University of Western Australia (UWA) has been awarded a $3.75 million grant to develop a world-class Wave Energy Research Centre in Albany, building on expertise already developed at the UWA Oceans Institute.
Carnegie Clean Energy has been awarded a $15.75 million grant as a contribution towards a wave energy technology project. The grant will be used to install a large-scale wave energy converter device off the coast of Albany capable of producing about one megawatt of electrical power for export into the South West Interconnected System.
Minister for Regional Development, Alannah MacTiernan, said, “The McGowan Government has seized the opportunity to leverage off the capabilities of WA’s industry and universities, and off our natural assets to create a new industry for our state.
“This initiative has real potential to develop world-class renewable energy technologies and skills in the Great Southern and could help to drive new opportunities across the renewable energy sector in WA.
“The wave energy technology project could make the Great Southern a hub for marine renewable energy expertise, bring long-term economic benefits and create regional jobs in this growing sector.”
The project will advance wave energy technology by establishing common user infrastructure, enabling other wave energy industry companies to test their technologies into the future.
Carnegie will work with other Western Australian companies to create opportunities for more jobs and economic growth in the renewable energy sector.
Both Carnegie and UWA will have a physical presence in Albany, which could see Albany develop as a global centre for marine renewable energy expertise while creating job opportunities for local people.