Australia looks to future with wave energy

Australia looks to future with wave energy

Australia looks to future with wave energy

Posted 17 May 2007, 19:36 AEST

The Australian government says new technology harnessing wave energy could be important for supplying the electricity needs of most of the country's major capital cities.

A wave farm near Fremantle in Western Australia operates through a number of submerged buoys, creating energy as they move with passing waves.

The Australian government has provided more than $US600,000 in research funding for the technology developed by Perth company, Carnegie.

Industry Minister Ian McFarlane says it is an exciting way of capturing a renewable energy that can provide base load energy.

"One area that this technology absolutely excels in is the fact we are looking at a situation where it can supply all the major capital cities in Australia, Darwin perhaps accepted," he said.