Australian wave energy developer Carnegie Wave Energy has commissioned a wave monitoring buoy off the south coast of Mauritius.

The deployment is a part of a deal signed with Mauritian Research Council (MRC) to identify potential opportunities and develop pathways for commercial CETO wave energy plants.

The work was conducted in cooperation with Australia’s High Commissioner to Mauritius and the Mauritian Coast Guard.

Carnegie project manager Neil De Tisi said: "Deployment of Carnegie’s Wave Monitoring Buoy off Mauritius, through the partnership of Carnegie, The Mauritian Research Council, Australia’s High Commissioner to Mauritius and the Mauritian Coast Guard, is critical to determining the local wave resource and is a key step in assessing the feasibility and design of a commercial scale CETO wave energy plant off Mauritius."

As per the deal, Carnegie will create a renewables energy roadmap for Mauritius including technical, commercial and financial feasibility as well as assessing the local wave energy resource, site conditions and priority sites for commercial CETO wave energy devices.

Carnegie is also responsible for designing a decentralized microgrid for the Island of Rodrigues.

Backed by funds from the Australian and Mauritian governments, the project is being administered by the MRC.

The deployment of wave buoy will allow the company to gather data for a minimum period of six months in a bid to quantify the wave energy resource in support of a potential CETO wave energy project in Mauritius.

The CETO wave energy is designed to generate zero-emission electricity as well as desalinated water from ocean wave energy.