The Challenge

When onshore electricity is not available for offshore aquaculture operations, diesel or other fossil fuel generators are necessary. While diesel generators can provide a source of reliable power, they also come with their own set of issues.

  • Fuel supply and logistics. Offshore operations require a constant supply of diesel fuel to keep generators running. Transporting and storing fuel to offshore locations can be logistically challenging and very costly. The transportation of fuel and its storage are significant logistic considerations, especially in highly variable and potentially extremely rough weather and ocean conditions. Costs are impacted by the dependence of vessels to transport the diesel and the direct cost of diesel fuel.
  • Environmental impacts of fuel transport. The transport of fuel to offshore locations also creates significant risks to the environment from potential spills in the marine ecosystem as well as the fish being farmed. Also, burning the fuel create air pollution and other particulate matter.
  • High risk to human safety. Offshore operations are highly sensitive to weather and ocean conditions. Transporting fuel to the offshore locations can put people and vessels at great risk to their safety.
  • Emissions regulations and carbon footprint. Many locations have strict regulations regarding emissions from offshore operations, including those from diesel generators. Compliance with these regulations can be challenging when fossil fuel generators are the only source of operational electricity. Even if emission reduction regulations are not required, offshore operators are increasingly under pressure to reduce their carbon footprint.

Introducing MoorPower

“MoorPower” is an innovative renewable energy solution which is a wave converter system specifically designed to meet the energy demands of offshore applications.

It is a groundbreaking product that incorporates key elements of Carnegie’s CETO technology and expertise.  In collaboration with Australia’s Blue Economy CRC, Carnegie is working with two major salmon farming companies to apply MoorPower on their barges and vessels.  Once fully developed, MoorPower will provide clean and perpetual electricity for salmon farming operations, offering a sustainable alternative to diesel generators.

Current Project Status

The MoorPower project is currently undergoing extensive testing at the onshore testing facility in Fremantle, Western Australia. With expected deployment in the second half of 2023. Collaboration with industry partners Huon and Tassal provides unique industry insight and the opportunity for collaborating partners to be the first adopters of the MoorPower technology.

Carnegie Clean Energy will deploy the MoorPower barge at the offshore testing facility onsite at Rous Head Fremantle. This unique onsite testing facility provides ease of access for maintenance and monitoring. Validation of this novel technology will drive progress towards commercialisation of both CETO and MoorPower technologies.

Key Benefits of MoorPower Technology 

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