The Oceanlinx greenWAVE device has been acknowledged as one of Australia’s most promising and innovative ideas

12th December 2012

Oceanlinx is very proud to announce that we are the winner of the Energy and Minerals category at The Australian Innovation Challenge 2012!

Last night at a ceremony held at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, the winners of The Australian Innovation Challenge were announced. We are extremely proud to say that our greenWAVE device was selected as the winner of the Energy and Minerals category. The award was presented by the Minister of Industry and Innovation, Hon Greg Combet AM MP and Ann Pickard, County Chair Shell in Australia to Oceanlinx CEO and MD Ali Baghaei.


Picture: Oceanlinx CEO, Ali Baghaei with the other category winners



The Australian Innovation Challenge is held in association with Shell and supported by the Federal Department of Industry, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. The award aims to support the most promising ideas in Australia into commercialisation. There were hundreds of entries in the Energy and Minerals category that went through an intensive judging process. Ideas were evaluated on their scientific and technological excellence, novelty, potential benefit and impact, sustainability and lack of negative environmental impact and potential for commercialisation, with Oceanlinx coming out on top.


greenWAVE is a single oscillating water column that has been designed specifically for shallow water application. The Oceanlinx South Australia project aims to grid connect greenWAVE, the world’s first 1MW capacity wave energy converter in Port MacDonnell. This technology has the potential to make ocean energy a viable contributor to the electricity generation mix and a real competitor to wind energy and fossil fuels within the next 3-7 years.


For more information, pictures and videos from the awards visit:


“The Australian Innovation Challenge was an absolutely fantastic occasion, and it was an honour to be amongst so many fellow entrepreneurs and inventors, all trying to make a positive difference in the world.


I am extremely grateful to The Australian, Shell and the Australian Government for instigating opportunities for us to showcase our work. For such a young country, these awards continue to highlight the potential Australia has to offer across a number of technological fronts.


I would like to thank our referees Professor Gus Nathan (The University of Adelaide) and Professor Neil Bose (The University of Tasmania) and Mr Craig Chambers (AECOM), for their continued support. And of course, last but not least, I would like to thank my team to whom I am so grateful to, as without them this would not have been possible.


With our sheer passion and determination, we hope to leave a positive legacy for future generations.”

Ali Baghaei, CEO of Oceanlinx


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