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Published on October 29th, 2013 | by Giles Parkinson

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Oceanlinx Launches World’s First 1 MW Wave Energy Machine In South Australia

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October 29th, 2013 by  

Originally published on RenewEconomy

Australian wave energy company Oceanlinx on Friday formally launched what it claims to be the first 1MW wave-energy-to-electricity unit in Port MacDonnell, South Australia.

The machine – the first commercial scale unit launched by the company – will go through a 12-month testing period and consider scaling the unit up to 10 MW in size. It has struck a power purchase agreement with renewable energy retailer Diamond Energy to generate revenue for the project.

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Oceanlinx’s “greenwave” technology works by using waves to produce high pressure air, which in turn is converted into electricity by a turbine. The company says it is made of simple flat packed prefabricated reinforced concrete. It sits under its own weight on the seafloor without the need for seabed preparation, in approximately 10-15m of water.

The $8 million project received $4.4 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency under the Emerging Renewables Program.

“Our investment aims to demonstrate the technology and share lessons learnt to catalyse future projects,” CEO Ivor Frischknecht said in a statement.

Frischknecht said there is great potential for wave energy technology in Australia, given that it has among the best wave energy resources in the world. Carnegie Wave Energy is currently installing the world’s first multi-unit facility off Garden Island near Perth.

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is the founding editor of RenewEconomy.com.au, an Australian-based website that provides news and analysis on cleantech, carbon, and climate issues. Giles is based in Sydney and is watching the (slow, but quickening) transformation of Australia's energy grid with great interest.



  • JamesWimberley

    Drawings of how it works here: http://www.oceanlinx.com/technology/how-it-works
    The weak point, as always with wave energy, is the great difficulty of making machinery to resist sea-surface conditions, with their corrosive mixture of salt spray and air.

    • Matt-Markson

      “It does Not Work” The company first PK Wave Generator failed to work, after the unit sink to the bottom of the sea which costed the tax payers many millions of dollars.

      Salt did cause the first PK unit to rust into a pile of rust on the bottom of the sea floor. The company said that the PK NSW sea ocean was not right of it wave gen, then move its operation to SA.

      • Ronald Brakels

        Matt, for all I know, Oceanlinx is actually a cleverly disguised band of pirates, but I have a question. When did they receive “many millions of dollars” from tax payers?

        • Bob_Wallace

          Sorry, “Matt-Markson” is another of Mark’s sock puppets.

          I missed that one.

        • Andy.Feids

          Oceanlinx wave Generator sank 2 times crashed into rocks in rough seas.

          Company abounded its wave generator at Port Kembla, run out of town leaving a clean up bill making world news, as your posting article state the company to fled to South Australia same setup, while abounding its ongoing commitment to the nearby Port Kembla community.
          The wave generator caused a half day power outage to nearby areas residents as the unit sank to the bottom of the sea, the second time it happen, it took out the substation caused a fire on of the transformers, damage bill not released yet.

          Yes the Federal and State government bank rolled the failed investment which is now a pile of rust.The wave generator cause shipping hazards in the shipping lanes at the port, which delays of exporting coal to china, India Japan & Korea. The state government cleanup bill is over 10 million dollars to remove the sunken Ocean link wave generator.

        • Matt-Markson

          Hay Ronald, Sorry mate but the company failed for the second time. Sorry it did not work out for SA.

          The company first PK Wave Generator failed to work, after the unit sink to the bottom of the sea which costed the tax payers many millions of dollars, now look what happen.

          http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-01/wave-energy-company-oceanlinx-receiver/5358274

          • A Real Libertarian

            “Sorry, ‘Matt-Markson’ is another of Mark’s sock puppets.”

            Can you identify the flaw in your plan Mark?

          • Matt-Markson
          • A Real Libertarian

            “Sorry, ‘Matt-Markson’ is another of Mark’s sock puppets.”

            Again, can you identify the flaw in your plan Mark?

          • Matt-Markson

            What plan?

            Just updates on story, you don’t like the update news?

          • A Real Libertarian

            “Sorry, ‘Matt-Markson’ is another of Mark’s sock puppets.”

            Third times the charm, can you identify the flaw in your plan Mark?

          • Matt-Markson
          • A Real Libertarian

            “Sorry, ‘Matt-Markson’ is another of Mark’s sock puppets.”

            Still no? Can you identify the flaw in your plan Mark?

          • Matt-Markson

            I agree, Yes, think your right, the plan did’t work very well for the company, glad you agree.

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