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Shell Technology’s Marine Renewable Program (Shell MRE) has joined forces with Makai Ocean Engineering (Makai) in a collaborative effort to enhance Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC). Under the partnership, Shell MRE has enlisted Makai’s expertise to de-risk and advance the technology behind a few critical components of their OTEC design. Makai has been at the forefront of OTEC research since its involvement in the development of the first net-power producing OTEC plant back in 1979.
Makai Ocean Engineering (Makai) has developed a new prototype GIS-based software for offshore and onshore renewable energy power interconnection and planning; with sights sets on providing the tools needed to better solve this interconnection planning bottleneck. The Makai team, in collaboration with Telos Energy, is developing the software MakaiPlan Digital Twins for Grids (MakaiDTG), with the goal to provide a much neeeded integrated approach.
We’re incredibly honored to announce that Makai Ocean Engineering has been recognized as one of Hawaii’s Best Places to Work for both 2022 and 2023 by Pacific Business News (PBN). This distinction reaffirms our commitment to fostering a dynamic, engaging, and supportive workplace. Our team is our strength, and we’re proud that our efforts have been acknowledged in this way. Here’s to continuing to create a work environment that inspires innovation and excellence!
With California’s droughts causing water levels to dip, there was an urgent need for a new intake pipeline that could adapt to these changes. Rising to the challenge, our team designed an HDPE pipeline, connecting the new pump station with the existing intake tower. As of December 2022, we’re proud to report that the pipeline is fully operational.
Our Automatic Route Generator (ARG) tool, a standout in subsea cable planning, continues to mature, backed by follow-on funding from an SBIR project. The next leap forward? Extending automatic optimization to encompass branch and trunk networks.
Makai has been selected for the Solar Manufacturing Incubator Funding Program by the U.S. Department of Energy. This significant funding will catalyze our mission to create a cost-efficient primary heat exchanger for Generation 3 Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power (Gen3 CSP) systems.
The team will develop and deploy reef structures that mimic the formation of natural fringing reef. The system will be installed on the coast of Oahu, led by Makai with support from other local Hawaii marine contractors. The project will run for 5 years with a phased installation.
With E-marine PJSC‘s Commission of MakaiLay across their installation and repair fleet, MakaiLay is now being used by over 90% of the global fiber-optic cable laying fleet!
In 2021 Makai took on the challenge of designing a safe deployment method for the very large diameter structured pipelines (2.9 m intake and 2.8 m outfall) of the Al-Jubail SWRO Desalination Plant in Saudi Arabia. These pipelines supply and discharge seawater to and from the world’s largest desalination plant and are the largest pipelines that Makai has helped install.
Makai’s Subsea Micropiling Technology Selected for ARPA-E Research and Development Project
The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) announced that Makai was awarded a research and development project for advanced anchoring and mooring methods. This project focusses on advancing the technology that Makai calls the Remote Anchoring and Micropiling (RAMP) system, for use in marine renewables, with a focus on floating offshore wind.
American Geophysical Union, put together an article in EOS Science News covering the history and current state of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC). Makai has been a pioneer of OTEC and related technologies for decades, and we are dedicated to its advancement and eventual commercial adoption.
Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. (Makai) has developed a software tool that brings advanced automation and cost savings for subsea terrain-based optimization problems. While this software can be used for a number of terrain based optimization problems, the initial purpose of its development was for automatic subsea cable route engineering. This tool is ideally suited for offshore renewable energy projects such as windfarms due to their complex inter array cable and export cable networks.
Makai’s software suite is suited for various stages of the submarine cable lifecycle. MakaiPlan is used for calculating the optimal cable route across the seabed.
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