Advanced Composite Structures Australia has officially launched the $3.4 million MoorPower Project in partnership with Carnegie Clean Energy, the Blue Economy CRC, universities and leading aquaculture firms.
ACS Australia has begun prototyping of composite components and developing material processes in what will be a two-year development of a wave power facility for offshore aquaculture industries.
Carnegie Clean Energy will operate the MoorPower technology at their research facility in North Fremantle, Western Australia.
The opportunity for the system comes as aquaculture is moving operations further offshore, where moored feeding barge facilities rely on diesel fuel generators.
MoorPower is similar to Carnegie’s ‘CETO’ technology, consisting of a submerged buoy which sits a few metres below the surface of the ocean, moving with the motion of the waves.
This orbital motion drives a power take-off (PTO) system, which converts the wave motion into electrical energy.
Picture: Advanced Composite Structures Australia
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