Schottel deploys Singapore tidal
Floating device installed off Sentosa island
Schottel Hydro has deployed a floating tidal device featuring a 62kW turbine off Singapore’s Sentosa island.
The Schottel SIT250 turbine is attached to a catamaran barge and features “passive swivel” to allow bidirectional generation, said the Germany developer.
The work was carried out in collaboration with Nanyang Technological University's Energy Research Institute using LitaOcean as the local shipyard.
Singapore consultancy OceanPixel provided project management while Aquatera supervised deployment and marine operations.
Schottel is eyeing further opportunities for deploying floating tidal in Singapore tidal through UK developer Sustainable Marine Energy in which it is an investor.
SME has signed a deal with a local shipyard to deploy its first floating Plat-I platform for a demonstration project in Singapore waters.
The platform will host four SIT250 turbines.
SME director Jason Hayman said: "The opportunity for deploying systems into the off-grid and microgrid markets within southeast Asia is very significant.
“If we can prove that tidal stream energy can compete effectively with small scale diesel generation then we are well on our way to proving its commercial viability."
Image: Tidal device off Sentosa island (Schottel Hydro)