Wave Swell King Island Project

A world first project

WSE deployed its initial 200kW wave energy project on King Island, Tasmania, adjacent to the harbour at the township of Grassy.

The unit was installed at Grassy, King Island, on January 10, 2021. It was commissioned soon after, exporting its first power into the King Island grid on June 18, 2021. This was a significant event for WSE’s shareholders and stakeholders.

WSE worked with Hydro Tasmania, the island’s energy and network provider, to connect the unit to the local grid, and delivered energy from the project into the local network. Hydro Tasmania separately monitored the energy produced by the unit, ensuring it met the requirements of the King Island grid.

The wave energy produced by the project complemented Hydro Tasmania’s existing hybrid grid, further diversifying the renewable sources and reducing diesel consumption on King Island.

The UniWave200 contributed to the mix of energy resources used on the island, helping to power the homes and industries of King Island. As stipulated in WSE’s funding agreement with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the unit was decommissioned in late 2022, having operated successfully for over a year. The UniWave200 is currently in the process of being recycled.

Thank you to the following groups for their involvement in bringing a world first project to market.