Western Australia issues wave call
Up to A$16m up for grabs for device deployment off Albany
The state government of Western Australia (WA) has issued an up to A$16m funding call for a grid-connected wave demonstration project off Albany.
The Albany Wave Energy Technology Development Project will fund the design, fabrication and installation of a wave device linked to the South West Interconnected System.
Deployment of the device is expected in 2019 and will last at least 12 months.
The government cash will also fund an electrical cable from the substation at the Albany wind farm to a point on the seabed in close proximity to the installation of the device.
WA said it would make an up to A$16m contribution to the project funded from its Royalties for Regions Fund.
Up to A$19.5m is available in total to fund a wave energy research centre in Albany as well as the development project, it added.
Perth wave developer Carnegie Clean Energy is expected to the win the project tender, which closes on 18 August.
WA will notify the preferred bidder by the end of September with funds due to be released the following month.
Image: Ceto 5 (Carnegie)