BioPower Systems who specialise in ocean energy have installed Victoria's first wave power unit trial off the coast of Port Fairy. The 26 Metre tall oscillating structure is called Biowave.
Biowave works by harnessing energy created by the movement of the ocean swell as it rocks back and forth underwater. The energy is absorbed then transferred to the electricity grid via an undersea cable. Inspired by nature and undersea plants, BioPower Systems have designed the light weight unit to naturally avoid extreme weather forces. They have achieved this by using an innovative approach called biomimicry, which seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature's time-tested patterns and strategies.
Biowave has enormous potential to generate sustainable electricity with no greenhouse emissions. The Minister for Energy and Resources Lily D'Ambrosio said, “Supporting this trial to harness the infinite power of the sea opens the door to new energy technology jobs and valuable global export opportunities”.
The $21 million project is jointly funded by the Victorian Government and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and is expected to last 12 months with testing over the summer. ARENA raises the profile and awareness of renewable energy but also creates employment opportunities by investing in renewable energy, research and development projects.
Acting ARENA CEO Ian Kay said “This is a major achievement for Australia's emerging wave power industry and represents another ARENA-supported breakthrough in renewable energy innovation”.
Victoria makes new plans to tackle pollution
The Environment Ministers Council have held in talks in Melbourne to discuss national air quality standards and the protection of human health pollutants including ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, lead and particles in the atmosphere.
Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville said, “Air quality standards need to reflect contemporary scientific evidence to ensure the community is protected from any harm.”
The Minister also launched a new five-year plan to improve the health of Victoria's rivers, wetlands and estuaries saying, “As well as being vital for the environment, healthy waterways are drivers of economic activity through tourism, recreational and social activities”.
World leaders in agreement
Last month we discussed The United Nations' COP21 summit and climate change. All countries who attended the talks in Paris have now agreed to hold a climate review every five years, to help them hold the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius.
UN Secretary-General Ban highlighted the importance of investment in available and future climate solutions and said, “With these elements in place, markets now have the clear signal they need to unleash the full force of human ingenuity and scale up investments that will generate low-emissions”.
Australia is certainly heading in the right direction when it comes to environmental solutions, such as the cleaning up of its waterways and investing in renewable energy projects like the Biowave currently on trial in Victoria.
Renewable energy projects create jobs
2015 has been a year where companies have embraced green culture, a trend which is now set to continue into the future. The environment is a key issue and Australia's employers are now looking for candidates who have experience of working within the renewable energy industry. If you work within the green industry and are looking for the next big project or opportunity, please contact one of our consultants to discuss your sustainability career today.
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