The world’s first wave energy power station has been switched on after being connected successfully to Western Australia’s electricity grid. The station will provide electricity and desalinated water for Australia’s biggest naval base.
“This is the first array of wave power generators to be connected to an electricity grid in Australia and worldwide,” said Ivor Frischknecht from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. “During the testing phase, the first 240kW peak capacity CETO 5 wave unit operated successfully for more than 2,000 hours.”
An opening ceremony was held on Wednesday in the presence of Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane and Australian Renewable Energy Agency representatives.