GARDEN Island is set to be the home of the world’s first renewable energy island “microgrid” incorporating wave energy, solar and battery power.
Carnegie Wave Energy is developing the $7.5 million landmark project which will include the next generation of its wave technology following the success of its CETO 5 project last year. CETO 5 used three off-shore wave power generators that operated for more than 14,000 cumulative hours for 12 months.
Construction of the microgrid project is expected to start before the end of this year and be commissioned in the first half of next year.
CWE managing director Michael Ottaviano said the Garden Island project would be the first time anywhere in the world that wave energy would be combined with solar and batteries in a microgrid configuration.
“The demonstration of this microgrid project will help drive the commercialisation of CETO and will be a model we will roll out to island nations around the world,” he said.
“We look forward to completing the outstanding elements of the project, including final approvals, con- struction award and power offtake in order to start work as soon as possible.”
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has provided $2.5 million to help fund the project.
ARENA chief executive officer Ivor Frischknecht said the project was expected to demonstrate the viability of integrating a renewable energy-based microgrid with a utility-scale distribution network.
“If successful, this diverse technology system could set a great new exportable opportunity for Australia to island nations around the globe.
He said ARENA was excited to help local companies, like Carnegie, develop new renewable energy solutions that had the potential to change the way the world generates power.