A major step for tidal energy

A tidal energy demonstration site has been opened at the Sentosa Boardwalk.

The launch of the MAKO Tidal Energy site follows the signing of a collaboration agreement between MAKO Energy Pte Ltd and Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) in December 2018.

The agreement allows MAKO Energy to use a part of the Sentosa Boardwalk as a testbed 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.

Tidal turbines operate in a similar way to wind turbines but utilise the flow of tides and other moving water sources to generate 100 percent predictable renewable energy, regardless of the weather.

Elemental Energy Technologies Group CEO Douglas Hunt said: "The Sentosa site is an ideal location to demonstrate the MAKO Energy system in Singapore. The site demonstrates the benefits of the predictable, unique, scalable tidal energy system under tropical conditions found in South East Asia.

“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, including Mooreast Asia Pte Ltd, YWL Engineering, Ocean Works Asia Pte Ltd and NYK. Future research at the site will involve other Singapore-based companies, including Forsee Power and Class NK.Mr Hunt concluded by saying “Elemental Energy Technologies Group applauds the vision shown by companies such as Eagle Industry Co., Ltd from Japan and our Singapore partners who have helped ensure that Singapore remains at the forefront of tidal energy research and demonstration in Asia.”

MAKO Energy in Singapore is taking a leading role in the developing Blue Economy and the Sentosa Boardwalk site is an important steppingstone in developing power solutions for future industries and food sources.

MAKO Energy Chairman Dr Kenneth Burnett said: "The Sentosa Boardwalk demonstration site is a key element in our strategy to become a first mover in providing predictable ocean energy to the emerging Blue Economy, both in Asia and globally.”The Blue Economy is a term used to describe industries based around and in the world's oceans and include aquaculture, transportation and energy generation.

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