Wave power on King Island
The powerful waters of Bass Strait have been earmarked for the first Tasmanian trial into wave energy. The $8 million trial will see a wave energy converter unit installed off King Island next year. The inventor, Wave Swell Energy, said the trial was a “commercial demonstration” which could lead to future wave energy farms in Tasmania. Chief executive, Dr Tom Denniss, told The Advocate that “this trial is designed to assess true commercial viability and from there we expand. A lot of Tasmania’s coastlines are good for wave energy. The whole west coast is excellent, as is the west coast of King Island and parts of the south-east coast.” The unit is expected to collect 200 kilowatts of energy from waves, which could supply power to 200 homes on King Island. Renewable energy is the world’s fastest growing energy source, and now accounts for 15 per cent of Australia’s total power supply.
9 November 2018, Edition 200