Perth Wave Energy Project, Western Australia

This project will be the first demonstration of a complete grid-connected, commercial scale CETO system anywhere in the world. The Project will also deliver Carnegie its first power revenues through the sale of green electricity to the Department of Defence for HMAS Stirling located on Garden Island.

In May 2012, the PWEP was awarded a $13 million Australian Federal Government grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s Emerging Renewables Program (ERP). This is matched with grant funding from Government of Western Australia’s Low Emissions Energy Development (LEED) Program. The WA funds will come from Carnegie’s existing $12.5 million State Government funding agreement which was previously used for the commercial CETO unit demonstration in 2011.


As the PWEP is a demonstration not a commercial project, the key objectives are mainly focused on demonstrating the viability of the CETO technology and learning from the experience of deploying and operating multiple CETO units and the complete CETO system.

Project Objectives

  • Demonstration of a larger capacity CETO unit than either the CETO 3 or CETO 4 units developed to date.
  • The production of utility-compliant electrciity by generating and exporting power to the grid for a sustained period.
  • Verification of the accuracy of Carnegie's computational CETO system modelling against the measured Project performance.
  • Confirmation of the feasibility of the deployment, operation and recovery of the Project's major elements including pipeline, CETO units and foundations.
  • Recording of the environmental interactions of the Project in order to demonstrate and verify that it has minimal impact.
  • Demonstration of Carnegie's ability to plan, resource and execute a commercial scale CETO project.