• MPA collaborates with Bluenergy Solutions for a tidal energy project
• Project aims to harness hydrokinetic energy for Raffles Lighthouse facilities
• Tidal energy could lead to significant carbon emission savings
Have you ever watched the sea and wondered how powerful its waves could be?
Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) and Bluenergy Solutions have teamed up to find out just that!
They are launching a project to see how well tidal energy can work as a clean power source.
Harnessing the Power of Tides
Starting in April 2023, a six-month trial will take place near Pulau Satumu, home to the Raffles Lighthouse.
Underwater turbines, designed by Bluenergy and A*STAR’s IHPC researchers, will be placed in the water to change the power of the waves into electricity.
These machines are like the windmills of the sea!
This trial is expected to generate 2700 kWh of electricity, which will be used for the living quarters at the Raffles Lighthouse.
But don’t worry, the lighthouse’s light will still run on solar power during this time.
Safety for Our Marine Friends
The people working on this project have thought about the safety of marine life too.
They will install sensors to watch how sea creatures move around the turbines.
The turbines spin slowly and will stop if anything gets too close. This way, our underwater neighbours won’t be harmed.
Clean Energy for a Brighter Future
This tidal energy project could help make our air cleaner by reducing carbon emissions.
If the trial goes well, the MPA will look into using tidal energy for other waterfront facilities and even electric charging stations for boats in Singapore.
Actionable and Practical Takeaways
• Learn about tidal energy and how it can help our environment
• Share information about the project with friends and family
• Keep an eye out for updates on the progress of the trial
Tidal energy could be a game-changer for Singapore and the world.
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