Will Wave Power Sink Fremantle Wind Farm

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Just days after Carnegie launched a world first in WA, they announced a $20 million loan facility that will go to part fund its CETO 6 project.

Carnegie is reported to be close to finishing conceptual design, ahead of schedule. The CETO 6 is planned to be 8km further off shore than the one they opened up last week. This new plant will produce 3x what the Perth array project does. The loan new loan facilities/arrangements, through CEFC and ARENA, has guaranteed Carnegie, capital and cash flow as it develops bigger more commercial units.

So with this new drive and real operational units functioning, funding, from state and federal government, clients for their product, hopefully we won’t have to see wind turbines littering our coast line.

I also feel safer knowing that Carnegie has a solid funding model, where I saw on FB pages councillors eluding to, rate payer funds possibly being used to fund the wind farm. Again their own personal ideology driving council direction, not the best interest of the rate payers their amenity or true representation.

I think people would be better putting solar panels on their own roofs, to help lower their own energy cost or carbon footprint. Then again the people who really need lower energy costs, or have medical needs for AC etc. and can’t afford the cost probably don’t have the money to invest in a community wind farm either? So while it sounds good its only for those who can afford it, the cashed up? I think sometimes the word community has just become another spin term for do what I want as it’s for the community, weather the community wants,needs it or not?

Well power generation I can see looks good to me.

 

 

 

Fremantle, Wave or Wind Energy Whats the Future?

 

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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.

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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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