July 17, 2012
WESTERN Australia's Garden Island submarine base is to be powered by wave energy under a deal between the Australian Department of Defence and a Perth company.
Carnegie Wave Energy yesterday converted a memorandum of understanding signed three years ago with the Department of Defence into a binding agreement.
Under the deal, Australia's largest naval facility and base of HMAS Stirling is to purchase all electricity generated by Carnegie's CETO wave energy project at Fremantle.
''CETO is exactly the sort of technology we should be supporting,'' Carnegie CEO Mike Ottaviano said
Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the project was the start of even bigger things. ''We should all be proud that this is Australian design, Australian ingenuity,'' Ms Gillard said. ''I'm very pleased that we've been able to support the development of this world-leading technology.''
The deal would mean HMAS Stirling would not produce 2.6 million kilograms of carbon pollution over five years, she said.