The world’s oceans are vast wilderness areas, a place where few people venture although many of our habits wreak havoc upon the waters. In Australia, a potentially good use has gone live recently. The world’s first wave power station has been activated off the coast of Western Australia (WA). The technology uses wave swells to create zero-emission power and zero-emission desalinated freshwater. The system is fully submerged with a buoy tethered to a pump on the ocean floor.

The Perth Wave Energy Project is the first grid connected commercial scale demonstration of this technology. More information here.