Shrinking inventories of fossil fuels make scientists increasingly looking for alternatives to energy production. One of the more interesting ideas is the use of ocean tides and this is what Carnegie Wave Energy Limited uses.
Its engineers are carrying out in Australia a project called Perth, which is the world’s first network of equipment that simultaneously produces electricity and supplies drinking water.
The complex is located in Garden Island, Western Australia, near the largest Australian naval base in HMAS Stirling. It consists of a network of three fully autonomous CETO 5 generators, each rated at 240 kW, which are different from the typical wave generators. These models use it not only to produce electricity, but also to supply high pressure water, which is then transported to land where it is converted into drinking water through reverse osmosis.