CSIRO researchers  have identified sites along Australia’s southern coastline which make it one of the world’s most promising areas for the generation of wave energy.

The scientists say that just 10 per cent of the energy produced in waves near the shore along the southern coast would be enough to meet half of the country’s present-day electricity needs.

The Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research’s Dr Mark Hemer says that "there were a number of sites I guess that come out as being possible locations, Portland in western Victoria and Port McDonald in south-east South Australia, the west coast of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, Albany in Western Australia, or Geraldton, they’re all good locations with high energy."

Currently there is only about 4 megawatts of wave energy capacity installed globally, compared with 200,000 megawatts of wind energy capacity but as Dr Hemer  says "Australia has a massive resource in wave energy compared to other nations in the world, and we have a really good opportunity to make the most of that."