A Perth wave energy company's plan to trial a desalination plant on Garden Island next to its power station has been boosted by Federal Government funding.
Carnegie Wave Energy has received a $1.27 million grant, derived from the carbon tax, to help pay for its plan to use waves to directly drive high-pressure desalination pumps at a pilot-scale plant.
The $2.5 million plant will be located on Garden Island with the company's $31.2 million power station, which received about a third of its funding from the Federal Government.
Special Minister of State Gary Gray says the world-first process has the potential to reduce the electricity consumption of traditional desalination plants by up to 90 per cent.
Carnegie Wave Energy is already supplying wave energy power to HMAS Stirling - the Australian navy's primary base on the west coast.