Nearly five months after the McGowan government pulled the plug on a $16 million contract to fund its wind farms, Carnegie Clean Energy (ASX: CCE) has launched its recapitalisation offer.

And if the offer is successful, Carnegie will subsequently be a little different. It will retreat from building physical prototypes, to developing its technology digitally. For the next couple of years it will be in the research and development phase.

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The company’s core technology is CETO – an ‘ocean wave conversion system’ which helps convert waves into electricity.

“Carnegie has now addressed the previous problems in the company which stemmed from the failed EMC business,” said chairman Terry Stinson.

“The new and more focused Carnegie business will have a much smaller footprint, reduced head count and significantly reduced operating cost.”

The company wants to raise between $5.5 million and $11.5 million. It will use the proceeds to extinguish past debts and develop its technology, with the help of universities.

Carnegie has promised to apply machine learning to development, thus reducing design cycle time and cost. It will apply the same electrical subsystems used in EVs to its own wave power generation.

Pic: Carnegie Clean Energy prospectus

The company has indicated it expects to complete the offer this month and relist on September 12. By Q3 of 2021 the company aims for a preliminary design of the optimised commercial version of CETO.

By then, Carnegie said it wants CETO, “capable of being competitive with offshore wind energy when deployed at large scale”.
 

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