Australian-based tidal energy company Mako Tidal Turbines Pty Ltd (MTT) and Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) are to undertake a six-month tidal turbine demonstration at the Port of Gladstone to investigate how tidal energy can contribute to the Australian energy mix.
Courtesy of Mako Tidal Turbines (MTT)
The tidal turbine is expected to be installed at GPC’s Barney Point Terminal within months. As tidal flows can be accurately estimated years in advance, tidal turbines will be a completely reliable source of renewable energy suitable for grid integration or renewable baseload electricity when coupled with battery storage.
“GPC is an ideal partner, with the necessary combination of vision and expertise to deploy our unique Mako tidal turbine system in a commercial setting” said MTT CEO Douglas Hunt. “By using existing structures at GPC’s wharves, similar to those found around the world, Mako tidal turbines can be installed cost-effectively and in much shorter timeframes than if floating or seabed mounting systems were used.”
GPC CEO Peter O'Sullivan added that it’s the first time a tidal turbine has been trialled as a potential energy source in Gladstone, and that GPC has long recognised the potential to extract energy from the tides in Gladstone. The company has welcomed the opportunity to investigate this further as part of Australia’s pathway to a more sustainable future.
Mako Tidal Turbines is a privately owned Australian company which has been developing tidal turbine technology for the last three years. The company is based in Sydney, with a team of engineering and production staff based at its manufacturing facility in Alexandria, New South Wales. MTT also has offices in Singapore, Japan and Europe to support the roll-out of its Mako tidal energy system globally.