The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) joined Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane to officially switch on the Carnegie Perth Wave Energy Project’s onshore power station.
Following successful testing last year, the project is now up and running, feeding renewable energy into HMAS Stirling, Australia’s largest naval base.
ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said the occasion marked an important point in the history of wave energy and is the culmination close to a decade of work.
“This is the first array of wave power generators to be connected to an electricity grid in Australia and worldwide,” Mr Frischknecht said.
Why is it taking so long to utilise wave energy? Also the development of tidal energy is not being pursued with any degree of urgency, windmill which are very expensive and not that efficient, are the receiving the most attention. Tidal power will give a guaranteed 22 hours a day energy supply. The Thames barrier was a typical lack of forethought in that it could have had turbines installed and produced electricity.