Power generated from the project will be sold to the Australian Department of Defense for use on the country’s largest naval base, HMAS Stirling, located on Garden Island.

Carnegie Wave Energy has developed a new wave energy technology called CETO.

The CETO technology is being used by the company to develop a number of wave power projects in Australia and the Perth Wave Power Project is the fifth one to feature the technology.

Arena CEO Ivor Frischknecht said: "This is the first array of wave power generators to be connected to an electricity grid in Australian and worldwide.

"The innovative CETO technology moves with the waves to drive tethered seabed pumps and operates under water, providing protection from storms and corrosion.

"Planning and design work has begun on Carnegie’s next generation CETO 6 technology, supported by $11 million of ARENA funding.

"These larger units are aiming to deliver around four times the capacity of CETO 5 units, improving efficiency and reducing energy generation costs."

Upon integration of the newly commissioned desalination plant, the Perth Wave Energy Project is expected to be the first wave power station in the world to produce both power and freshwater.