Tender called for Albany wave energy project

A cutting-edge wave energy project in Albany is one step closer, with a request for proposals from industry released this week.

The state government has committed $19.5 million to the development of the Albany wave energy project, which will be the first commercial-scale wave farm in Australia.

WA Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the tender for development of wave energy technology is a solid step forward.

“Albany has first-class wave resources and is the right place to establish a hub for renewable energy research and development,” she said.

“We expect this project will deliver a significant jobs boost, particularly in Albany.

“Renewables are a 21st century industry and we want Albany and Western Australia to be at the forefront of innovation and technology development in this sector; we want to be technology makers, not takers.”

The wave energy project includes a technology development project as well as the establishment of a Wave Energy Research Centre in Albany.

These two elements combined will bring together State Government agencies, universities and industry to ensure that Albany’s natural suitability for renewable energy is fully utilised.

The project will put Western Australia at the leading edge of the emerging wave energy technology sector and create exciting job prospects for the local community.

The request for proposal will be available on Tenders WA for three weeks.