Wave energy developer Carnegie Wave Energy Limited is to collaborate with the Western Australian Government power utility Western Power to develop a world first wave-integrated microgrid.
The Garden Island Microgrid Project will be the first wave-integrated renewable microgrid project to be connected to an electricity network. The Project will consist of 2 megawatts of solar photovoltaic power generation and sufficient energy storage to allow safe, stable and reliable interaction with the electricity grid being added to the CETO 6 wave-power project, which is currently in progress, and the existing reverse osmosis desalination plant which is operating on Garden Island.
Carnegie CEO, Dr Michael Ottaviano said that “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. Additionally, Carnegie’s island power projects will invariably involve integrating CETO with other renewable energy power sources, desalination plants, diesel generation and increasingly energy storage. This project will also be a great opportunity to demonstrate a real world, wave integrated microgrid system to our island customers”