September 17 (Renewables Now) - Singapore-based marine energy company MAKO Energy Pte Ltd has officially opened today a tidal energy demonstration site at the Sentosa Boardwalk in Singapore.
With this project, MAKO Energy wants to demonstrate its technology under South East Asian conditions. In the future, research at the site will involve Singaporean firms Forsee Power, covering energy storage, and ClassNK for certification services. MAKO Energy will also work with local institutes and universities to study tropical waters, eco system monitoring and data analytics.
“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,” said Douglas Hunt, CEO of MAKO Energy’s parent company -- Elemental Energy Technologies Ltd (EET).
The launch follows the signing of a collaboration agreement between MAKO Energy and Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) in December 2018, enabling the former to use a portion of the Sentosa Boardwalk as a testbed site.