Tested in the North Sea, Sustainable Marine Energy now launches its tidal turbines in Singapore

Testing times in Singapore
Testing times in Singapore

Tidal energy turbines tested in the challenging waters of the northern North Sea off Orkney will shortly be launched in the (literally) calmer waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Envirotek Ltd – a Singapore-based investment company focused on clean technology – plans to develop commercial tidal instream projects in Southeast Asia, with the initial focus on the Philippines.

Last month, Envirotek, working with an international team of experts, successfully deployed a 62 kW Instream Turbine in the waters off the Sentosa Boardwalk in Singapore.

But the bigger picture is the Philippines.

With more than 7,000 islands, many of which are isolated communities that still have limited access to electricity, a significant opportunity exists in the Philippines to harness the power of the oceans to provide a reliable supply of energy.

Most of these communities use diesel generators to provide electricity. Due to high costs of fuel, transportation and handling, the supply is regularly limited to only 4-6 hours a day. Tidal currents regularly flow past many of these islands, providing a readily accessible energy resource.

Despite extensive testing off Orkney, nothing can prepare tidal power entrepreneurs for the Philippines.
Despite extensive testing off Orkney, nothing can prepare tidal power entrepreneurs for the Philippines.

Developed in Scotland by Sustainable Marine Energy, its PLAT-I  268kW, four SIT 250 – platform will be tested in Scottish waters before being relocated to a demonstration site in Singapore.

The delivery of such a platform to Singapore, funded by Envirotek, will see a significant step up in the scale and size of platforms available in Southeast Asia, and in the delivery of a commercial demonstrator.

Jason Hayman, Managing Director, Sustainable Marine Energy, commented, “Not all locations will need large utility scale 1-MW generating stations and, in many cases, such units will not be appropriate.

“The Southeast Asian market is a great environment to prove that tidal energy can be delivered incrementally, and eventually, scale to multi MW arrays using smaller units that can be supported using local infrastructure.”

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