Southern wave power a great untapped resource: CSIRO
Australia’s southern coastline has been identified as one of the world’s most promising sites for the generation of wave energy.
CSIRO researchers in Tasmania have been studying how much low-carbon energy can be produced in waves close to the shore along the southern Australian coastline.
They have found there is great potential: 10 per cent of the energy produced in waves near the shore along the southern coast would be enough to meet half of the country’s present-day electricity needs.
Researcher Dr Mark Hemer says it is an exciting discovery.
“Australia has a massive resource in wave energy compared to other nations in the world, and we have a really good opportunity to make the most of that.”
Dr Hemer says the best sites were between Geraldton in Western Australia and the southern tip of Tasmania.
“And there were a number of sites I guess that come out as being possible locations,” he said.
“Portland in western Victoria and Port McDonald in south-east South Australia, the west coast of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, Albany in Western Australia, or Geraldton, they’re all good locations with high energy.”
Dr Hemer says a number of wave energy extraction devices are being developed to tap the power source.
An economic and engineering study is yet to be completed.