Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre, Media Release, 20 October 2021
Webinar – Friday 22 October, 12pm – 1pm (AEDT) / 9am (AWST)
Globally, as the aquaculture sector moves operations further offshore, the sector is encountering new challenges to access clean and reliable energy.
Without shore-based power, energy-intensive offshore aquaculture operations such as feeding barges become reliant on diesel generators with many associated costs, risks and carbon emissions. However, the shift into energy-intensive offshore wave environments presents an opportunity to utilise an untapped energy source constantly flowing around the facilities, wave energy.
Carnegie’s wave-powered barge concept, MoorPower™ offers a solution to this energy challenge – providing clean, reliable, predictable energy to support the growth of a diverse sustainable blue economy.
In this presentation, Carnegie Clean Energy will introduce the MoorPower™ technology, a spin-off wave energy technology that utilises Carnegie’s core CETO IP but is designed for integration into floating offshore structures.
The concept and vision for MoorPower™ grew out of engagement with stakeholders in the Blue Economy CRC including key aquaculture companies and their technology providers.
Over the course of the past year, the team developed a roadmap to bring the MoorPower™ product from a concept to market adoption. The first step in this roadmap is the MoorPower™ Scaled Demonstrator Project which will take MoorPower™ from concept to an operating prototype.
Over the next 2 years, Carnegie will design, build and the demonstrator just offshore from Carnegie’s office and research facility in North Fremantle. This will be delivered with the support of funding from the Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre and close collaboration with a consortium of partners including two of Australia’s largest aquaculture companies, Huon and Tassal, together with leading academic and industry partners.