The Mako Tidal Energy Site at the Sentosa Boardwalk in Singapore has opened, following the signing of a collaboration agreement between Mako Energy Pte Ltd and Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) in December 2018.
Courtesy of Mako Energy
The collaboration agreement allows Mako Energy, a Singapore-based marine renewable energy company and a subsidiary of the Elemental Energy Technologies Group, to use a part of the Sentosa Boardwalk as a testbed site for the installation of tidal turbines. The site will demonstrate the scalable tidal energy system under South East Asian conditions.
The agreement involves a number of Singapore-based companies and is supported by Enterprise Singapore (ESG), which through its grant scheme has been instrumental in helping to hire local talent to implement the project. Future research at the site will involve other Singapore-based companies such as Forsee Power (energy storage) and ClassNK (certification services).
“A key objective for the tidal energy industry is to reduce the cost of electricity” said Elemental Energy Technologies Group CEO Douglas Hunt. “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.”
Mako Energy has engaged higher education institutes to assist with its research, such as the Energy Research Institute at Nanyang Technological University, whose Dr. Srikanth Narasimalu will focus on resource studies in tropical waters. The company will also work with other institutes on specific topics such as ecosystem monitoring and data analytics.