Fremantle Wave Energy Research Facility
Carnegie has been operating its unique, purpose built private Wave Energy Research Facility since 2005. It is an invaluable asset and an enabler of Carnegie’s rapid prototyping capability that allows the company to move from concept to in-ocean prototype testing, via advanced computational modelling and onshore testing, in a matter of months.
Carnegie’s Wave Energy Research Facility is located at Fremantle in Western Australia and consists of an integrated onshore and offshore test facility. Onshore, Carnegie carries out high cycle, accelerated testing of CETO components. During the year this has included a combined 3 million cycles of scaled CETO 3 pumps to test performance and to increase understanding of wear and routine maintenance.
Offshore, Carnegie holds a lease over an open ocean area that is used for ongoing in-sea prototype and pilot plant testing. Carnegie’s in-house vessel and diving capabilities allow for regular inspections and offshore work. Carnegie’s Wave Energy Research Facility is currently the only wave pilot facility in the Southern Hemisphere.Carnegie’s Fremantle Wave Energy Research Facility
- Offshore lease area located 300m from onshore facility
- Offshore test site connected via pipeline, hydraulic hoses and instrumentation cables to onshore facility
- Real time technology and environmental monitoring including offshore CCTV, SCADA data acquisition system and wave buoy
- Onshore facility allows high frequency, in house testing of CETO 3 commercial scale components prior to deployment
- Historical wave data collected since January 2007
Above left: Overview of Fremantle Facility Above right: Onshore and Offshore testing facilities
Above left: Offshore inspection of CETO unit, Fremantle Above right: Onshore inspection of hyraulic skid
Above left: Inspection of CETO test rig Above right: Onshore pump and hydraulic test rig