Fremantle, Wave or Wind Energy Whats the Future?

 

wave power pods

Yesterday the World’s first grid connected wave generator came online in Perth.

Carnegie Wave Energy says the Perth Wave Energy Project is the first grid connected wave power plant and the only one anywhere in the world operating multiple wave units.

Great to see such a technology and a world first happening here in Western Australia

Bringing light to which is a better way to go Wind or Wave?

Most of Perth’s population is spreading up the coast now we can take power generation along with expansion. Think of the power saved in transmission loss, it’s 3 times more predictable than wind, being a great help to the grid supply system management.

The volume of wave energy hitting WA is theoretical able to deliver 10 times the state’s power needs. It would be great to see this sort of power in places like Rottnest?

I can really see advantages in this type of power generation systems, plus the cosmetic effect of no ugly wind turbines which really are a blight on the landscape. No bird strike kills, no rotors throwing themselves apart, no 100m high gearbox fires, to fight no more research needed to find out what damage wind turbines are doing to the health of those living close by.

This current unit also has the ability to generate drinking water with its turbines supplying water pressure for the desalination plant, supplying renewable energy and fresh water.

wave power

As I understand the systems have to become much bigger to make them compatible with current fossil fuel systems but pilot project like this are a great start for a real deliverable system with a great collaboration of private investors state and federal government making it possible, with the military part contributor and the purchaser of the power and water being generated.

The next step I have read is a 1MW system 4 times larger than this current unit.

Great to see another world first in W.A. I really hope it works out and it seems like a great way forward. What better to power a place like Perth and Freo, the ocean we all love to live alongside?

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3 comments

  1. Roel Loopers says:

    I agree, Mark! The wavepower developed by Carnegy is fantastic and I hope the solar farm in South Freo will also see the light one day. I just hope the windfarm supporters will stop bleating because Fremantle Ports is not going to allow it there, so move on guys and find another suitable location in the hills or so.
    I personally like the look of windfarms but many people believe the towers are an eyesors.

    Roel Loopers

  2. Frank Acocella says:

    Since when has it been up to Local Councils to provide power to it’s residents? I thought that was STATE government’s job. Weren’t Local Councils descend from the former local Road Boards and empowered by the State government tp collect rates to pay for upkeep of local roads & footpaths & collect rubbish? It was never envisaged that our local council would end up duplicating State government services such as Legal Aid, low rent housing, power production etc. while abrogating their essential reason for existence – maintain our roads, footpaths, parks and collect our rubbish.

  3. Bob Law says:

    I support and echo Frank Acocella’s comments; Fremantle Council has no business in the area of power generation and supply; it is clearly a State responsibility and has been for some considerable time; and, given the state of neglect and decline in Fremantle central area itself and also the neglect of basic amenities in the remainder of the municipality there are very strong reasons again for the council to not enter into such adventures, and to focus on its core and legislated responsibilities. Further to those comments, it is clear to me that such adventures are the product of the personal agenda being pursued by Mayor Pettit and the council for which clearly he and they have no mandate, which is the pursuance of the UN Agenda 21, the goals of which are available to anyone who wishes to look, and are anti democratic and authoritarian, even totalitarian.

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