A world first project
Wave Swell Energy (WSE) is currently developing a 200 kW wave energy project on King Island, Tasmania, adjacent to the harbour at the township of Grassy.
WSE will work with the island’s energy and network provider Hydro Tasmania, to deliver energy from the project and integrate operations with the existing high penetration renewable network. Hydro Tasmania will independently meter the energy produced and, therefore, validate the efficacy of the project.
The King Island Project aims to demonstrate the commercial viability of the technology when deployed at large scale, and its ability to be integrated into existing power systems. All aspects of the project are currently proceeding smoothly and without significant challenges.
The wave energy will complement Hydro Tasmania’s existing high penetration wind and solar grid, diversifying the renewable sources and further reducing diesel consumption.
The project commenced in March 2019 and is on schedule and budget. The 200 kW unit is expected to be operational by mid 2020.