New wave energy device could soon power feed barges

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Project aims to offer a clean and reliable alternative to diesel for offshore activities.

Australian wave energy technology company Carnegie Clean Energy has partnered with a consortium including Tasmanian salmon producers Huon and Tassal to develop a wave energy product designed to power moored vessels.

According to Carnegie, MoorPower can be deployed for any type of moored vessel. The technology works by submerging a buoy a few meters below the surface of the ocean. This orbital motion generated by the current drives a power take-off (PTO) system that converts this motion into electricity.

In a press release, the company claims the new $3.4m project, “offers a solution to the challenge of securing clean and reliable energy for offshore activities, reducing reliance on diesel generation.”

“The initial target market for MoorPower is offshore vessels such as feeding barges for the aquaculture sector, but the future
market is broader and includes the many other offshore operations that require energy.”

Over the next 2 years, Carnegie will design, install and operate a scaled demonstrator of the MoorPower technology just offshore from its headquarters and research facility in North Fremantle, Western  Australia.

The project is supported by $1.35m cash from the Blue Economy CRC, $265k cash from Carnegie, and $1.8m of in-kind support from all the project partners.