Carnegie Wave Energy Plant to take advantage of ABB’s Microgrid solution

Carnegie Wave Energy has awarded ABB Australia the contract to supply grid integration and process control equipment for the Perth Wave Energy Project
Carnegie's ground breaking onshore wave energy plant converts hydraulic power, generated by the movement of submerged buoyant actuators, into grid-quality electrical power with zero harmful emissions. The onshore component of the Perth Wave Energy Project is located at Garden Island, WA, which is also the home of HMAS Stirling and Australia’s largest naval base.

CETO 5 unit as it will appear operting off Garden Island in Western Australia

ABB is proud to be supplying Carnegie with the electrical and control solution equipment for the first grid-connected plant of its kind. The scope of supply and services will include the integration into an 11 kV microgrid, the supply and commissioning of the generator/inverter system using ACS800 inverters, a Symphony Plus process control system and a third-party high speed data acquisition system.

Power generation teams from ABB in Melbourne, Darwin and Perth will each contribute to the successful outcome using their specific knowledge and understanding of this specialist solution which encompasses process automation, electrical grid integration and data communication.

Greg Allen, Chief Operating Officer from Carnegie Wave Energy, said they are very pleased to be working with ABB on this project, "We chose ABB, confident they have the expertise required to cover the range of disciplines for the success of our development."

“With ABB’s technology and past experience integrating renewables into microgrids, along with their knowledge of process control and communication systems, makes ABB the perfect partner for this important pilot project."

Carnegie Wave Energy Limited is focused on developing and commercialising its wave energy technology, named CETO, which is fully submerged and able to generate power both onshore and offshore.

The pilot project is due for completion midway through 2014, when Carnegie will be able to demonstrate the commercial viability of their new method of wave power generation producing grid quality electricity.