The signed funding agreement supports the design and construction of a CETO Desalination Plant, which will desalinate seawater to produce freshwater. The plant will be directly powered by hydraulic energy from an offshore CETO wave energy system.

The CETO desalination pilot will be co-located with Carnegie’s Perth Wave Energy Project (PWEP) on Garden Island, integrating off-the-shelf reverse osmosis desalination technology with the PWEP infrastructure.

Initial tasks ahead of construction include completing detailed design, securing environmental approvals, negotiation of a water sales agreement and, if possible, the integration of the construction and commissioning of the desalination pilot with the delivery of PWEP, the company stated.

Dr Michael Ottaviano, Carnegie’s Chief Executive Officer, said: "We are grateful to AusIndustry for its support of the CETO desalination technology and this world first project. Work has already begun on advancing the design and securing approvals for the desalination project, as well as planning for its integration into delivery of the Perth Wave Energy Project."