- New Wave Energy Research Centre to be located in the former Albany Visitor Centre
- $3.75 million McGowan Government contribution to advance research and development of wave energy
- Centre to attract global attention, stimulating local and industry jobs and growth
Renewable energy research has taken a step forward today with an announcement that The University of Western Australia's Wave Energy Research Centre will be based in the former Albany Visitor Centre.
The McGowan Government awarded $3.75 million to UWA to establish the centre as a hub for wave energy expertise, research and development.
The building will be fitted out and become operational over the coming months, providing scientists and other multidisciplinary experts with a dedicated hub to support their research endeavours on the South Coast.
The centre - in its prominent location - will be a high-profile addition to Albany, helping UWA to realise its ambition for the world-class facility to be a focal point for wave energy research, attracting local and international scientists to the region.
The McGowan Government is committed to supporting technology and innovation to advance the production of clean energy, while creating opportunities for jobs and growth in the Great Southern region and the renewable energy sector.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"I am proud that Western Australia is leading the charge to be a world-leader in the development of renewable energy technology, which will see Albany become a global centre for expertise and innovation.
"This centre demonstrates my Government's commitment to investing in the State's scientific capacity.
"Albany is the perfect location to examine wave technology, and the new Wave Energy Research Centre will provide a facility for scientists from across the world to gather a deeper understanding of wave and offshore energy."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"UWA's Wave Energy Research Centre, located in the former Albany Visitor Centre, is a fantastic addition to the growing Albany science and education precinct and is another example of the State's scientific capability.
"Today marks another chapter in Albany's proud history of leading renewable energy production and a step forward on our endeavour to see WA move from a technology taker to a technology maker."
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200