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Demonstrator of Carnegie’s wave-to-energy system deployed off Fremantle coast

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Wave energy technology developer Carnegie Clean Energy has announced that a scaled demonstrator version of MoorPower has been deployed at its testing grounds off Fremantle, Western Australia.

MoorPower is a wave-to-energy system designed for use on aquaculture barges and vessels. Among the companies as part of the Blue Economy CRC-supported project are aquaculture companies Huon and Tassal.

Other project participants include Advanced Composite Structures Australia, AOEG, University of Queensland and University of Tasmania.

“MoorPower will reduce the requirement for fossil  fuels, reduce carbon emissions, reduce risk and drive down cost,” said Carnegie CEO Jonathan Fiévez in an ASX statement on Wednesday.

“What we are learning from this demonstration deployment at our testing grounds off Fremantle will be critical to rolling this technology out to aquaculture and other marine industries.

According to a statement from the Blue Economy CRC, offshore industries rely heavily on diesel generated energy, presenting opportunities for clean energy as these companies decarbonise their operations.

Carnegie said the deployment comes after extensive onshore testing and commissioning at its onshore facility. 

The company said that tests will focus on reliability, “allowing the project team to test  communications, control strategies and more in advance of ocean deployment.”

The demonstrator project aims to capture insights into the behaviour of the system across various sea conditions, with results to help validate modelling of the technology and performance simulations for future commercial projects.

Picture: credit Blue Economy CRC

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