Wave energy technology developer Carnegie Wave Energy has signed a cooperation agreement with Water Corporation to support its wave powered desalination pilot plant in Western Australia.
The desalination pilot plant will be co-located with the company's Perth Wave Energy Project on Garden Island and will integrate off-the-shelf reverse osmosis desalination technology with the Perth Project's infrastructure.
Prior to commencing construction of the pilot plant, primary tasks include completing a detailed design, securing environmental approvals and potentially integrating construction and commissioning of the desalination pilot into the delivery of Perth Wave Energy Project.
Located in Kwinana south of Perth, the Perth Seawater Desalination Plant produces 45 billion litres of fresh drinking water a year.
Carnegie's desalination pilot project is supported by Federal Government grant funding of $1.27m from AusIndustry's Clean Technology Innovation Program.
Water Corporation chief executive officer Sue Murphy said that the company is focused on reducing the environmental footprint of its desalination operations and seawater desalination is an important part of Perth's long term water supply solution.
"Carnegie's wave-powered seawater desalination technology offers a novel and promising approach to achieving desalinated freshwater with zero greenhouse gas emissions," Murphy added.
Image: Water Corporation will support Carnegie's wave powered seawater desalination pilot plant. Photo: courtesy of MARVIA / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.