Carnegie applies for 5MW wave energy project

Eco-friendly CETO technology demonstration slated for Victoria Island coast.

Comments Off on Carnegie applies for 5MW wave energy project December 8, 2011
by Design Engineering Staff

Wave energy developer Carnegie Wave Energy Limited announced that it has filed a development and funding application for a 5MW demonstration project of its CETO technology off the coast of Victoria Island, B.C.

Through its B.C.-based subsidiary, Pacific Coastal Wave Energy Corporation (PCWE), the company has been developing its Ucluelet Wave Energy Project for more than two years with the help of a (CAN) $2M grant from the Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund. In addition, PCWE has also submitted project grant proposal under the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII).

Carnegie’s CETO system employs an array of submerged buoys tethered to seabed pump units. The motion of the waves move the buoys and drive the pumps which in turn pressurize water that is delivered ashore via a pipeline. On shore, high-pressure water is used to drive hydroelectric turbines. The high-pressure water can also be used to supply a reverse osmosis desalination plant.

Located at Amphitrite Point, Ucluelet, the project will demonstrate the technology in a fully exposed ocean location and allow the company to eventually demonstrate CETO on a commercial scale.