WA calls for tenders for Albany wave energy project

The Western Australian Government has called for tenders for a wave energy technology development project under its $19.5 million Albany wave energy project announced by the Labor government as an election commitment in March this year.

The wave energy project allocates up to $16 million to the technology project and the remainder for the establishment of a Wave Energy Research Centre in Albany.

Western Australia’s Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan recently met with representatives from the University of Western Australia and industry stakeholders, including Bombora Wavepower, Carnegie Clean Energy and Protean Energy, to begin planning the Wave Energy Centre of Excellence.

The project, to be partially funded through the WA Royalties for Regions Fund, will involve a full scale wave energy prototype that will produce electrical power into the South West Interconnected System (SWIS) connecting at a substation close to the Albany wind farm.

The Technology Development Project would ideally be installed in 2019 for a period of at least 12 months and would provide the technical infrastructure for future technology development companies to demonstrate the viability of their technologies.

It is anticipated that other sources of funding will be required for the project from sources such as federal grants and private equity funding.

The Technology Development Project, to be undertaken over a period of four years, will comprise:

  • installation of a wave energy convertor device in 2019 off the southern coast, in close proximity to the Albany Wind Farm;

  • installation of the device for a period of at least 12 months;

  • operation of a large scale prototype that will produce electrical power into the SWIS grid connecting at a substation close to the Albany wind farm; and

  • a legacy of common user infrastructure upon completion of the prototype testing.

The request for proposal will be available on Tenders WA for three weeks, and can be accessed at http://www.tenders.wa.gov.au

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