BioPower Systems has deployed Victoria’s first wave power unit west of Port Fairy off the state’s south-west coast as part of a 12-month trial to test its commercial viability.

The site is one of about twenty sites worldwide to be identified for a prospective wave power station.

The $21 million project has received $11 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and $5 funding from the Victorian Government.

If successful, the project is expected to feed 250 kilowatts of power into the national grid.