Tidal turbine deployed off Singapore

Envirotek, together with an international team of experts, has successfully deployed a Schottel Instream 

Turbine

 (SIT) in the waters off the Sentosa Boardwalk in 

Singapore

 to showcase the viability of tidal energy in the region. Envirotek, a 

Singapore

-based clean-technology investment company, aspires to lead tidal in-stream energy projects in 

South East Asia

.

"This demonstration is about using appropriate technologies in suitable locations to address real energy needs of 

South East Asia

. We are keen to develop projects that involve marine renewable energy -- a resource that is yet to be tapped effectively in the region." said 

Jefferson Cheng

, Chairman and Founder of Envirotek Pte Ltd.

Floating integrated renewable energy platforms are envisioned for the usage of local stakeholders (e.g. island or coastal areas) helping them increase energy resilience, decrease fossil-fuel dependence, explore multiple applications, and showcase the viability of harnessing tidal in-stream energy (TISE) and its potential to supply clean, renewable, and safe electricity to island as well as coastal communities.

Dr. 

Michael Lochinvar Sim Abundo

, Managing Director of OceanPixel Pte Ltd noted that ocean renewable energy is currently not in the energy mix in 

South East Asia

 and remarked, "There is tremendous potential for harnessing ocean/marine renewable energy in the region especially for archipelagic countries like 

Indonesia

 and 

the Philippines

. We are looking at marine renewable energy to be part of the energy mix -- not just in off-grid areas but eventually to feed into micro-grids and the main grid."

OceanPixel Pte Ltd, a spin-off company from the Energy Research Institute @ 

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore

 (ERI@N), was chosen to manage the project on behalf of ENVIROTEK Pte Ltd.

Envirotek used a SIT 250 

turbine

 in this project, a 62kW device with a rotor diameter of 4m, designed to be very robust and cost-effective. The 

turbine

 is attached to a catamaran platform with a lifting frame, allowing the 

turbine

 to be easily raised from and into the water. "We believe floating systems are the way to go for tidal energy because this allows us to reduce the installation cost but also to reduce the maintenance cost," explained Dr. 

Ralf Starzmann

, the Sales Director of Schottel Hydro.

Lita Ocean

, a local shipping company, was commissioned to build the catamaran and integrate the SIT 250 

turbine

 unto the platform. On the difficulties that the company faced in the project, Yeo Ying Da, Director of 

Lita Ocean

 said: "The main challenge for this project is the design of the platform, such that it is suitable for the deployment of the 

turbine

 and is stable in bi-directional mode."

The deployment of the catamaran and the 

turbine

 was a joint effort between 

Lita Ocean

, OceanPixel, Aquatera, NTU Singapore, and Orcades Marine. 

Lita Ocean

, working with the local marine contractors, laid down the mooring lines and anchor before finally positioning the floating platform after towing it from their shipyard. Personnel from Aquatera and Orcades Marine were present to supervise the operation. Commissioning of the 

turbine

 is expected to take place in March with support from engineers from Schottel Far East based in 

Singapore

.