The Australian firm of Atlantis Energy Limited (AEL) has signed an agreement with Country Energy to develop a pilot site in the Clarence Valley on the far north coast of New South Wales to test out a new wave energy machine.
The Aquanator unit, as the machine is called, comprises a frame that houses several aquafoils – underwater ‘sails’ that can be propelled by ocean or river currents to generate electricity.
The pilot site will enable AEL to monitor the installation procedures, operation and performance of a test Aquanator unit.
Mick Perry, AEL Chief Executive, said the pilot will enable the AEL research team to improve the overall efficiency of the unit before it is rolled out to remote and island locations.
Country Energy owns and operates the world’s second largest power supply network, covering three quarters of New South Wales.