The MAKO Tidal Energy Site, at the Sentosa Boardwalk in Singapore, was officially launched Sept. 17.
This launch follows signing of a collaboration agreement between MAKO Energy Pte Ltd and Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) in December 2018 that allows MAKO Energy to use a part of the Sentosa Boardwalk as a test bed site for the installation of tidal turbines.
MAKO Energy is a Singapore-based marine renewable energy company and a subsidiary of the Elemental Energy Technologies Group. The site will demonstrate the unique, scalable tidal energy system under South East Asian conditions, MAKO Energy said.
“We are very excited to demonstrate our MAKO Energy System in Singapore to showcase the benefits of predictable renewable energy in tropical conditions, to the vast Asian market,” said Elemental Energy Technologies Group Chief Executive Officer Douglas Hunt. “A key objective for the tidal energy industry is to reduce the cost of electricity. At the Sentosa Boardwalk site, MAKO Energy is demonstrating how the unique scale of the MAKO allows it to be attached to existing infrastructure, which reduces both installation and maintenance costs.”
The MAKO Tidal Energy Site has involved collaboration with Singapore-based companies Mooreast Asia Pte Ltd, fabrication; YWL Engineering, professional engineer services; Ocean Works Asia Pte Ltd, resource assessment assistance; and NYK Group, business strategy for shipping industry.
Enterprise Singapore (ESG) has supported MAKO Energy, and its grant scheme has been instrumental in helping to hire local talent to implement this project, according to a press release.
Future research at the site will involve Singapore-based companies Forsee Power, energy storage and ClassNK, certification services.
In addition, MAKO Energy has been collaborating with Dr. Srikanth Narasimalu of the Energy Research Institute at Nanyang Technological University, who will focus on resource studies in tropical waters. MAKO energy will work with other institutes on such topics as ecosystem monitoring and data analytics.
“Elemental Energy Technologies Group acknowledges the vision shown by companies such as Eagle Industry Co., Ltd from Japan and our Singapore partners who have contributed to the success of this site and ensured that Singapore remains at the forefront of tidal energy research and demonstration in Asia,” Hunt said.
Eagle Industry has provided mechanical seals for MAKO Energy’s turbine shafts for the demonstration of tidal power generation at the Sentosa Boardwalk.