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A key route-engineering and planning tool for subsea power cables grows in popularity - Nov ‘13
Makai Ocean Engineering has recently made multiple sales of their full-featured GIS route engineering software, MakaiPlan, to power cable installers who serve the offshore renewable energy market. 
 
“We have been monitoring the offshore renewables market closely,” said Dr. Jose Andres, CEO of Makai, “and we are excited that our planning and installation tools are being adopted so rapidly. The offshore wind, wave, and tidal markets present an attractive opportunity for us to offer proven cable software tools and training that we have developed for the telecom cable market. Makai will continue to work closely with our clients to develop new features that address the unique challenges of subsea power cables.”
MakaiPlan allows users to create and edit submarine cable routes, define cables and in-line bodies, define and adjust slack, instantly create RPLs and SLDs, estimate system costs and generate a preliminary cable installation plan. Multiple planners and designers work interactively on cable installations with easy access to and exchange of project data. The tool is the industry standard in cable route planning and engineering software, with over 300 licenses sold over the last 14 years.
 
Many of the largest subsea power cable installers and consultants are using MakaiPlan for the route engineering for subsea power cable projects, which already includes over 15 of the offshore wind farms in the UK and Europe. Current MakaiPlan users in the renewable industry include Pelagian International, Global Marine Systems, RES-Offshore, TetraTech, and Mojo Marine among others.
 
Makai Ocean Engineering Inc., is the world’s leading provider of submarine cable planning and installation software. Established in 1973, Makai is a diversified engineering company providing naval architecture, mechanical, and software engineering products and services. Areas of expertise include ocean-based renewable energy, heat exchangers, large pipelines, underwater vehicles, submarine cable software and engineering, and general marine engineering and R&D. 
 
 For more information, contact: 
Duke Hartman 
Marketing Director, Makai Ocean Engineering 
PO Box 1206 Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734
+1 (808) 259-8871
Duke.Hartman@makai.com
http://www.makai.com/about/news/

A key route-engineering and planning tool for subsea power cables grows in popularity - Nov ‘13

Makai Ocean Engineering has recently made multiple sales of their full-featured GIS route engineering software, MakaiPlan, to power cable installers who serve the offshore renewable energy market.

 

“We have been monitoring the offshore renewables market closely,” said Dr. Jose Andres, CEO of Makai, “and we are excited that our planning and installation tools are being adopted so rapidly. The offshore wind, wave, and tidal markets present an attractive opportunity for us to offer proven cable software tools and training that we have developed for the telecom cable market. Makai will continue to work closely with our clients to develop new features that address the unique challenges of subsea power cables.”

MakaiPlan allows users to create and edit submarine cable routes, define cables and in-line bodies, define and adjust slack, instantly create RPLs and SLDs, estimate system costs and generate a preliminary cable installation plan. Multiple planners and designers work interactively on cable installations with easy access to and exchange of project data. The tool is the industry standard in cable route planning and engineering software, with over 300 licenses sold over the last 14 years.

 

Many of the largest subsea power cable installers and consultants are using MakaiPlan for the route engineering for subsea power cable projects, which already includes over 15 of the offshore wind farms in the UK and Europe. Current MakaiPlan users in the renewable industry include Pelagian International, Global Marine Systems, RES-Offshore, TetraTech, and Mojo Marine among others.

 

Makai Ocean Engineering Inc., is the world’s leading provider of submarine cable planning and installation software. Established in 1973, Makai is a diversified engineering company providing naval architecture, mechanical, and software engineering products and services. Areas of expertise include ocean-based renewable energy, heat exchangers, large pipelines, underwater vehicles, submarine cable software and engineering, and general marine engineering and R&D.

 

 For more information, contact:

Duke Hartman

Marketing Director, Makai Ocean Engineering

PO Box 1206 Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734

+1 (808) 259-8871

Duke.Hartman@makai.com

http://www.makai.com/about/news/

MAKAI AWARDED $3.6M TO CONTINUE WORK ON OTEC AT THE OCEAN ENERGY RESEARCH CENTER IN HAWAII
Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i – Makai Ocean Engineering has received a $3.6 million contract from the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute and the Office of Naval Research for research and design on the marine renewable energy known as Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion, or OTEC. Makai will perform this work at their Ocean Energy Research Center, located in Kona, Hawaii, which is the largest OTEC research facility in the world.
OTEC holds great promise because the tropical ocean is earth’s largest solar collector. According to Dr. Joseph Huang, a senior scientist at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “If we can use one percent of the energy [generated by OTEC] for electricity and other things, the potential is so big. It is more than 100 to 1,000 times more than the current consumption of worldwide energy. The potential is huge. There is not any other renewable energy that can compare with OTEC.”1 OTEC is unique among renewables because it can provide large quantities of base load (constant) electricity. France, Korea, Japan, and China also have active OTEC development programs.
Makai will work on two initiatives to serve the ultimate goal of making commercial OTEC a reality:
 Designing, manufacturing and testing an improved heat exchanger for OTEC, and
 Connecting power from its OTEC plant to the electric grid on the Island of Hawaii

Because heat exchangers make up about one-third of the cost of an OTEC plant, Makai will develop designs for an OTEC heat exchanger that is high-performance, low-cost, and corrosion-resistant. The goal is a product that is essential to developers of OTEC and valuable for other industries that use marine heat exchangers.
In addition, Makai will install a 100-kilowatt turbine at the Ocean Energy Research Center to generate OTEC power onto the local grid in mid-2014. This turbine will make Makai’s Ocean Energy Research Center the largest operational OTEC plant in the world, and the first closed-cycle OTEC plant ever connected to a U.S. electrical grid. By operating the OTEC plant, Makai will gain operational knowledge that will aid in the design of future utility-scale power plants.
Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. is a diversified ocean technology and engineering firm based in Hawaii, providing engineering products and services worldwide since 1973. Makai’s specialties include submarine cable software and services, marine pipelines, Seawater Air Conditioning (SWAC), Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC), underwater vehicles, and general marine engineering and R&D. Visit www.makai.com for more.
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For images or more information, please contact:
Duke Hartman +1 (808) 259-8871 Duke.Hartman@makai.com
Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc.
www.makai.com
Makai Research Pier
41-305 Kalanianaole Hwy
Waimanalo, HI 96795

MAKAI AWARDED $3.6M TO CONTINUE WORK ON OTEC AT THE OCEAN ENERGY RESEARCH CENTER IN HAWAII

Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i – Makai Ocean Engineering has received a $3.6 million contract from the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute and the Office of Naval Research for research and design on the marine renewable energy known as Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion, or OTEC. Makai will perform this work at their Ocean Energy Research Center, located in Kona, Hawaii, which is the largest OTEC research facility in the world.

OTEC holds great promise because the tropical ocean is earth’s largest solar collector. According to Dr. Joseph Huang, a senior scientist at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “If we can use one percent of the energy [generated by OTEC] for electricity and other things, the potential is so big. It is more than 100 to 1,000 times more than the current consumption of worldwide energy. The potential is huge. There is not any other renewable energy that can compare with OTEC.”1 OTEC is unique among renewables because it can provide large quantities of base load (constant) electricity. France, Korea, Japan, and China also have active OTEC development programs.

Makai will work on two initiatives to serve the ultimate goal of making commercial OTEC a reality:

 Designing, manufacturing and testing an improved heat exchanger for OTEC, and

 Connecting power from its OTEC plant to the electric grid on the Island of Hawaii

Because heat exchangers make up about one-third of the cost of an OTEC plant, Makai will develop designs for an OTEC heat exchanger that is high-performance, low-cost, and corrosion-resistant. The goal is a product that is essential to developers of OTEC and valuable for other industries that use marine heat exchangers.

In addition, Makai will install a 100-kilowatt turbine at the Ocean Energy Research Center to generate OTEC power onto the local grid in mid-2014. This turbine will make Makai’s Ocean Energy Research Center the largest operational OTEC plant in the world, and the first closed-cycle OTEC plant ever connected to a U.S. electrical grid. By operating the OTEC plant, Makai will gain operational knowledge that will aid in the design of future utility-scale power plants.

Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. is a diversified ocean technology and engineering firm based in Hawaii, providing engineering products and services worldwide since 1973. Makai’s specialties include submarine cable software and services, marine pipelines, Seawater Air Conditioning (SWAC), Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC), underwater vehicles, and general marine engineering and R&D. Visit www.makai.com for more.

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For images or more information, please contact:

Duke Hartman +1 (808) 259-8871 Duke.Hartman@makai.com

Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc.

www.makai.com

Makai Research Pier

41-305 Kalanianaole Hwy

Waimanalo, HI 96795

SBSS purchases MakaiLay and MakaiPlan Pro for the CS Fu Hai – Fall, 2013 
 
S. B. Submarine Systems Co., Ltd. (SBSS) has installed Makai’s cable installation software, MakaiLay, on the CS Fu Hai, a submarine cable ship. 
 
SBSS installed the latest MakaiLay software with full control capabilities this summer while the CS Fu Hai was dry-docked in Hong Kong. Makai engineers trained CS Fu Hai crewmembers to operate the software during this time. With this purchase, SBSS displays confidence in MakaiLay to reduce the cost and risk of operations for submarine cable jobs in the telecom, power cable, and offshore oil & gas exploration markets.
 
In the interest of reducing at-sea time and cost for cable lays, SBSS also purchased a license of MakaiPlan Pro, Makai’s software for planning and simulation of cable lays. This software enables SBSS to plan cable routes and simulate cable lays in detail (even including realistic currents) in 3D before going out to sea for an installation.
SBSS joins the more than 80% of the world’s telecom cable fleet that owns and uses used Makai software products for swift, accurate, and safe installation of more than 400,000 kilometers of submarine cable.
 
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About Makai: Makai Ocean Engineering Inc., is the world’s leading provider of submarine cable installation software. Established 1973, we are a diversified engineering company providing naval architecture, mechanical, and software engineering products and services. Areas of expertise include ocean-based renewable energy (power and cooling), heat exchangers, large pipelines, underwater vehicles, submarine cable software and engineering, and general marine R&D. 
 



 For Media and Software Pricing Inquiries, contact: 
 
Duke Hartman 
Marketing Director, Makai Ocean Engineering 
PO Box 1206 Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734
(808) 259-8871
Duke.Hartman@makai.com
www.makai.com

SBSS purchases MakaiLay and MakaiPlan Pro for the CS Fu Hai – Fall, 2013 

 

S. B. Submarine Systems Co., Ltd. (SBSS) has installed Makai’s cable installation software, MakaiLay, on the CS Fu Hai, a submarine cable ship.

 

SBSS installed the latest MakaiLay software with full control capabilities this summer while the CS Fu Hai was dry-docked in Hong Kong. Makai engineers trained CS Fu Hai crewmembers to operate the software during this time. With this purchase, SBSS displays confidence in MakaiLay to reduce the cost and risk of operations for submarine cable jobs in the telecom, power cable, and offshore oil & gas exploration markets.

 

In the interest of reducing at-sea time and cost for cable lays, SBSS also purchased a license of MakaiPlan Pro, Makai’s software for planning and simulation of cable lays. This software enables SBSS to plan cable routes and simulate cable lays in detail (even including realistic currents) in 3D before going out to sea for an installation.

SBSS joins the more than 80% of the world’s telecom cable fleet that owns and uses used Makai software products for swift, accurate, and safe installation of more than 400,000 kilometers of submarine cable.

 

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About Makai: Makai Ocean Engineering Inc., is the world’s leading provider of submarine cable installation software. Established 1973, we are a diversified engineering company providing naval architecture, mechanical, and software engineering products and services. Areas of expertise include ocean-based renewable energy (power and cooling), heat exchangers, large pipelines, underwater vehicles, submarine cable software and engineering, and general marine R&D.

 

 For Media and Software Pricing Inquiries, contact:

 

Duke Hartman

Marketing Director, Makai Ocean Engineering

PO Box 1206 Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734

(808) 259-8871

Duke.Hartman@makai.com

www.makai.com

SAIC chooses MakaiLay Seismic to control Ocean Bottom Cable (OBC) installation and retrieval operations – Summer, 2013 
 
SAIC (https://www.saic.com/maritime/) has purchased two MakaiLay Seismic licenses and one MakaiPlan Pro Seismic license for use in their seismic oil and gas exploration projects. SAIC owns and operates modularized cable engines and cable installation equipment together with well trained and certified MakaiLay operators to install submarine cables worldwide. SAIC often leases vessels of opportunity in the project region with which they deploy the Ocean Bottom Cables (OBCs) or node arrays. 
 
The growing interest in Makai’s cable installation tools by the seismic exploration community has begun to translate into software sales. SAIC’s purchase marks the third recent MakaiLay seismic customer. Makai has seen an increasing number of telecom cable installers “hopping the fence” to do seismic and power cable jobs, blurring the lines between the telecom, seismic, and submarine power cable installers. Since more than 75% of the world’s telecom cable installation fleet already uses Makai software products, some of these companies are upgrading to the seismic-specific cable installation and planning modules in order to increase their competitiveness in this growing field.
 
SAIC submarine cable projects will now use the latest versions of two different Makai cable software products: 
 
1)     MakaiPlan Pro Seismic: is a simulation tool to accurately plan the installation and retrieval of Ocean Bottom Cables (OBC) in mid- and deep waters. It enables powerful and precise 3D, dynamic simulations of the cable installation and retrieval. The operator can quickly simulate an entire cable lay in advance and in his office at 25 to 50 times faster than real-time. The simulations can be used to test the feasibility of the planned lays, make equipment selection, train cable engineers, pre-lay and post-lay analysis, and create a Ship Plan for installation. A detailed analysis and simulation is valuable to best understand and plan for dynamic cable situations that occur during speed changes, starts and stops, and hydrophone body deployments.
 
2)     MakaiLay Seismic: will enhance the capabilities of SAIC in accurately installing and retrieving seismic arrays for the oil and gas industry. MakaiLay Seismic builds on the MakaiLay engine, but it includes additional tools specifically designed for the seismic industry to accurately install and retrieve Ocean Bottom Cables (OBC) with many in-line sensors, or node arrays in mid- and deep waters. MakaiLay Seismic is flexible enough to run on laptops and assimilate information from SAIC’s collection of cable installation equipment, including Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) and transponders attached to the cable, and then output vessel navigation and cable payout instructions for the operators.
 
Delivery of the new software and training of operators will be completed in early September 2013.
 
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Makai Ocean Engineering Inc., established 1973, is a diversified engineering company providing ocean, naval architecture, mechanical, chemical, and software engineering products and services. Areas of expertise include ocean-based renewable energy (OTEC and Seawater Air Conditioning), heat exchangers, large pipelines, underwater vehicles, submarine cable software and engineering, and general marine R&D.  



 
 For Media and Software Pricing Inquiries, contact: 
 
Duke Hartman 
Marketing Director, Makai Ocean Engineering 
PO Box 1206 Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734
(808) 259-8871
Duke.Hartman@makai.com
www.makai.com

SAIC chooses MakaiLay Seismic to control Ocean Bottom Cable (OBC) installation and retrieval operations – Summer, 2013 

 

SAIC (https://www.saic.com/maritime/) has purchased two MakaiLay Seismic licenses and one MakaiPlan Pro Seismic license for use in their seismic oil and gas exploration projects. SAIC owns and operates modularized cable engines and cable installation equipment together with well trained and certified MakaiLay operators to install submarine cables worldwide. SAIC often leases vessels of opportunity in the project region with which they deploy the Ocean Bottom Cables (OBCs) or node arrays.

 

The growing interest in Makai’s cable installation tools by the seismic exploration community has begun to translate into software sales. SAIC’s purchase marks the third recent MakaiLay seismic customer. Makai has seen an increasing number of telecom cable installers “hopping the fence” to do seismic and power cable jobs, blurring the lines between the telecom, seismic, and submarine power cable installers. Since more than 75% of the world’s telecom cable installation fleet already uses Makai software products, some of these companies are upgrading to the seismic-specific cable installation and planning modules in order to increase their competitiveness in this growing field.

 

SAIC submarine cable projects will now use the latest versions of two different Makai cable software products:

 

1)     MakaiPlan Pro Seismic: is a simulation tool to accurately plan the installation and retrieval of Ocean Bottom Cables (OBC) in mid- and deep waters. It enables powerful and precise 3D, dynamic simulations of the cable installation and retrieval. The operator can quickly simulate an entire cable lay in advance and in his office at 25 to 50 times faster than real-time. The simulations can be used to test the feasibility of the planned lays, make equipment selection, train cable engineers, pre-lay and post-lay analysis, and create a Ship Plan for installation. A detailed analysis and simulation is valuable to best understand and plan for dynamic cable situations that occur during speed changes, starts and stops, and hydrophone body deployments.

 

2)     MakaiLay Seismic: will enhance the capabilities of SAIC in accurately installing and retrieving seismic arrays for the oil and gas industry. MakaiLay Seismic builds on the MakaiLay engine, but it includes additional tools specifically designed for the seismic industry to accurately install and retrieve Ocean Bottom Cables (OBC) with many in-line sensors, or node arrays in mid- and deep waters. MakaiLay Seismic is flexible enough to run on laptops and assimilate information from SAIC’s collection of cable installation equipment, including Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) and transponders attached to the cable, and then output vessel navigation and cable payout instructions for the operators.

 

Delivery of the new software and training of operators will be completed in early September 2013.

 

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Makai Ocean Engineering Inc., established 1973, is a diversified engineering company providing ocean, naval architecture, mechanical, chemical, and software engineering products and services. Areas of expertise include ocean-based renewable energy (OTEC and Seawater Air Conditioning), heat exchangers, large pipelines, underwater vehicles, submarine cable software and engineering, and general marine R&D.  

 

 For Media and Software Pricing Inquiries, contact:

 

Duke Hartman

Marketing Director, Makai Ocean Engineering

PO Box 1206 Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734

(808) 259-8871

Duke.Hartman@makai.com

www.makai.com

Global Marine System cable vessel fleet chooses MakaiLay to control cable installation and repair operations – Summer, 2013 
 
Global Marine Systems Ltd (www.globalmarinesystems.com/) is in the process of converting six of its cable installation and repair vessels to begin using the latest Makai software technology. 
 
With the addition of GMSL to the list of customers, Makai software products are now used by every single large installer and most of the smaller telecom cable installers in the world, accounting for more than 80% of the world’s cable installation fleet. 
 
GMSL vessels will now use the latest versions of three different Makai cable software products: 
 
1)     The MakaiLay cable installation software 
2)     The new MakaiRepair cable retrieval and repair software (unveiled at the March, 2013, SubOptics 
 Conference in Paris) 
3)     The MakaiLay Seismic module which will enhance the capabilities of GMSL in accurately installing and retrieving seismic arrays for the oil and gas industry. 
 
Two of the new systems have been already delivered and the rest will be delivered and commissioned before the end of the year. A training program will be conducted in August 2013 at GMSL headquarters in the UK. In addition, GMSL has also embraced MakaiPlan as the preferred submarine route cable planning tool for their survey department. 
 
MakaiLay is an advanced finite-segment 3D cable installation software package that enables cable installers to lay submarine cables with high placement accuracy and reliability. The software calculates and displays the surface and seafloor tension of the cable in near real-time, the layback distance of the cable, the cable slack and touchdown locations on the seafloor, to enable complete control of a cable installation process. 
 
MakaiLay fully integrates the cable laying operations with the cable control room to adjust the cable payout speed for optimum slack/tension, the plough control room, and the helmsman DP system to modify the vessel track and speed as needed. The software can receive real-time ocean current data from Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) instruments to model the effect of ocean currents on the suspended cable and touchdown position. Using MakaiLay, engineers can then create a new ship plan on-the-fly to compensate for the effect of ocean currents in order to maintain a high placement accuracy of the cable on the seafloor. 
 
The new MakaiRepair software extends the capability of Makai’s submarine cable planning and installation software suite to include at-sea cable repair and recovery operations. 
 
MakaiLay Seismic has been specifically designed to address the new challenge faced by the seismic industry to accurately install and retrieve Ocean Bottom Cables (OBC) with many in-line sensors in mid- and deep waters. 
Global Marine System cable vessel fleet chooses MakaiLay to control cable installation and repair operations – Summer, 2013 
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Makai Ocean Engineering Inc. is a diversified engineering company providing ocean, naval architecture, mechanical, chemical, and software products and engineering services. Areas of expertise include ocean- based renewable energy (OTEC and Seawater Air Conditioning), heat exchangers, large pipelines, underwater vehicles, submarine cable software and engineering, and general marine R&D. 
 
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 For Media and Software Pricing Inquiries, contact: 
 
Duke Hartman 
Marketing Director, Makai Ocean Engineering 
PO Box 1206 Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734
(808) 259-8871
Duke.Hartman@makai.com
www.makai.com

Global Marine System cable vessel fleet chooses MakaiLay to control cable installation and repair operations – Summer, 2013 

 

Global Marine Systems Ltd (www.globalmarinesystems.com/) is in the process of converting six of its cable installation and repair vessels to begin using the latest Makai software technology.

 

With the addition of GMSL to the list of customers, Makai software products are now used by every single large installer and most of the smaller telecom cable installers in the world, accounting for more than 80% of the world’s cable installation fleet.

 

GMSL vessels will now use the latest versions of three different Makai cable software products:

 

1)     The MakaiLay cable installation software

2)     The new MakaiRepair cable retrieval and repair software (unveiled at the March, 2013, SubOptics

 Conference in Paris)

3)     The MakaiLay Seismic module which will enhance the capabilities of GMSL in accurately installing and retrieving seismic arrays for the oil and gas industry.

 

Two of the new systems have been already delivered and the rest will be delivered and commissioned before the end of the year. A training program will be conducted in August 2013 at GMSL headquarters in the UK. In addition, GMSL has also embraced MakaiPlan as the preferred submarine route cable planning tool for their survey department.

 

MakaiLay is an advanced finite-segment 3D cable installation software package that enables cable installers to lay submarine cables with high placement accuracy and reliability. The software calculates and displays the surface and seafloor tension of the cable in near real-time, the layback distance of the cable, the cable slack and touchdown locations on the seafloor, to enable complete control of a cable installation process.

 

MakaiLay fully integrates the cable laying operations with the cable control room to adjust the cable payout speed for optimum slack/tension, the plough control room, and the helmsman DP system to modify the vessel track and speed as needed. The software can receive real-time ocean current data from Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) instruments to model the effect of ocean currents on the suspended cable and touchdown position. Using MakaiLay, engineers can then create a new ship plan on-the-fly to compensate for the effect of ocean currents in order to maintain a high placement accuracy of the cable on the seafloor.

 

The new MakaiRepair software extends the capability of Makai’s submarine cable planning and installation software suite to include at-sea cable repair and recovery operations.

 

MakaiLay Seismic has been specifically designed to address the new challenge faced by the seismic industry to accurately install and retrieve Ocean Bottom Cables (OBC) with many in-line sensors in mid- and deep waters.

Global Marine System cable vessel fleet chooses MakaiLay to control cable installation and repair operations – Summer, 2013 

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Makai Ocean Engineering Inc. is a diversified engineering company providing ocean, naval architecture, mechanical, chemical, and software products and engineering services. Areas of expertise include ocean- based renewable energy (OTEC and Seawater Air Conditioning), heat exchangers, large pipelines, underwater vehicles, submarine cable software and engineering, and general marine R&D.

 

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 For Media and Software Pricing Inquiries, contact:

 

Duke Hartman

Marketing Director, Makai Ocean Engineering

PO Box 1206 Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734

(808) 259-8871

Duke.Hartman@makai.com

www.makai.com

Makai to present three OTEC projects at a clean energy conference in September in Honolulu
For Immediate Release
Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. is confirmed to do a presentation on three important aspects of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) technology at an upcoming conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, September 9–11. The conference, called the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit, has a special OTEC Symposium portion, which is being organized by the USA’s NOAA and its Korean counterpart, KIOST. The symposium will feature presentations and exhibits by Makai and other OTEC specialists from around the world. 
 
Makai will present on these topics: 
 
OTEC Heat Exchangers: Performance and Power Output for Historical & Modern Designs
Heat exchangers are the #1 cost driver in an OTEC plant. Thus, improving their efficiency, reducing capital cost, and extending their life are critical to the economic success of OTEC. This presentation explores the success of various designs, past and present, including designs currently being tested at Makai’s OTEC Test Facility. 
 
OTEC Turbine Selection and Test Facility Operation 
Makai is in the procurement phase for a 100kW turbine to be operated at the OTEC Test Facility, which will make it the largest operational true OTEC plant in the world. 
 
Biochemical Simulation of a 100 MW OTEC Discharge Plume 
Makai is the leading developer of numerical models to simulate the environmental effects of the discharge water from an OTEC plant. Makai’s biochemical model is being used to aid the agency responsible for OTEC regulation in the United States (NOAA). 
 
Makai will also host a special event after the conference to be held in Kona, Hawaii, on September 12th. This event will include a tour of Makai’s OTEC demonstration plant (pictured), on-site presentations, and a facilitated round table discussion with international OTEC specialists. 
 
Makai Ocean Engineering Inc. is a diversified engineering company providing ocean, naval architecture, mechanical, chemical, and software products and engineering services. Areas of expertise include ocean- based renewable energy (OTEC and Seawater Air Conditioning), heat exchangers, large pipelines, underwater vehicles, submarine cable software and engineering, and general marine R&D. 
 

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 For Media and Software Pricing Inquiries, contact: 
Duke Hartman  PO Box 1206 Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734
Marketing Director, Makai Ocean Engineering 
 (808) 259-8871 
Duke.Hartman@makai.com
www.makai.com

Makai to present three OTEC projects at a clean energy conference in September in Honolulu

For Immediate Release

Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. is confirmed to do a presentation on three important aspects of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) technology at an upcoming conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, September 9–11. The conference, called the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit, has a special OTEC Symposium portion, which is being organized by the USA’s NOAA and its Korean counterpart, KIOST. The symposium will feature presentations and exhibits by Makai and other OTEC specialists from around the world.

 

Makai will present on these topics:

 

OTEC Heat Exchangers: Performance and Power Output for Historical & Modern Designs

Heat exchangers are the #1 cost driver in an OTEC plant. Thus, improving their efficiency, reducing capital cost, and extending their life are critical to the economic success of OTEC. This presentation explores the success of various designs, past and present, including designs currently being tested at Makai’s OTEC Test Facility.

 

OTEC Turbine Selection and Test Facility Operation

Makai is in the procurement phase for a 100kW turbine to be operated at the OTEC Test Facility, which will make it the largest operational true OTEC plant in the world.

 

Biochemical Simulation of a 100 MW OTEC Discharge Plume

Makai is the leading developer of numerical models to simulate the environmental effects of the discharge water from an OTEC plant. Makai’s biochemical model is being used to aid the agency responsible for OTEC regulation in the United States (NOAA).

 

Makai will also host a special event after the conference to be held in Kona, Hawaii, on September 12th. This event will include a tour of Makai’s OTEC demonstration plant (pictured), on-site presentations, and a facilitated round table discussion with international OTEC specialists.

 

Makai Ocean Engineering Inc. is a diversified engineering company providing ocean, naval architecture, mechanical, chemical, and software products and engineering services. Areas of expertise include ocean- based renewable energy (OTEC and Seawater Air Conditioning), heat exchangers, large pipelines, underwater vehicles, submarine cable software and engineering, and general marine R&D.

 

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 For Media and Software Pricing Inquiries, contact:

Duke Hartman
PO Box 1206 Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734

Marketing Director, Makai Ocean Engineering

 (808) 259-8871

Duke.Hartman@makai.com

www.makai.com

MAKAI OCEAN ENGINEERING EMBARKS ON INITIATIVE TO ADD 100-KILOWATT TURBINE-GENERATOR TO THE HAWAII OTEC TEST FACILITY IN KONA
Honolulu, Hawai’i (March 15, 2013) – Makai Ocean Engineering announced two endeavors in assisting the Navy to reach its alternative energy goals. The first is the design, planning and procurement of a 100-kilowatt turbine-generator for the Hawai’i Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) Test Facility. The second project includes the installation and operation of this turbine-generator, as well as the design and testing of two new OTEC heat exchangers. “Makai Ocean Engineering is committed to developing alternative energy solutions that are impactful and ahead of the curve,” said Billy Pieper, Vice President, Makai Ocean Engineering. “Due to our partnership with the Navy, I believe Makai will help achieve a more sustainable future with the solutions we are pursuing.”
The first endeavor, which will result in a turbine-generator delivered to the site, will be completed by February 2014. The projected funding requirements are approximately $1.0 million. During the second phase, Makai will install the turbine and begin operation testing. Michael Eldred, project manager of the OTEC Test Facility, says that the technical benefits of having a turbine are huge. “Besides the obvious benefit of once again including OTEC power on the grid, it will also validate the results from our OTEC models and allow us to fine-tune our control systems,” says Eldred. The new generator would result in the world’s only operational OTEC plant since 1998 and is likely to create a steppingstone to commercial-size renewable energy supplies for Navy and DoD bases in Hawai’i and Guam.
Included in the second phase effort are the development of two new OTEC-optimized heat exchangers and the continuation of corrosion testing, now in its fourth year. Due to their enormous size, heat exchangers are one of the most expensive components in an OTEC power plant. A small increase in efficiency therefore dramatically drives down cost. Makai’s focus is to optimize the heat exchanger design by reducing material and fabrication costs, improving thermal efficiency and maximizing its life in the corrosive seawater environment. An estimated $3.6 million is slated for the project.
Over the past three years, Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. has received Office of Naval Research (ONR) funding to conduct research in key areas of OTEC heat exchanger development at the OTEC Test Facility site at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai’i Authority (NELHA). The overall goal is to determine a baseline heat exchanger design for a future large-scale OTEC power plant useful for both US Navy and commercial application.
The stated goal of the Navy Energy Vision is that half of the Navy’s total energy consumption ashore will come from alternative sources by 2020. At present, the Navy is approximately 700 megawatts short of meeting this goal. OTEC is a technically and economically plausible way for private industry to furnish 200-300 megawatts of baseload, renewable electricity to USN and USMC bases for Oahu and Guam.
Robbie Alm, executive vice president of Hawaiian Electric Company, has called OTEC a “gamechanger” because it is 24/7 renewable power. Demonstration of OTEC-generated electric power will help spur commercially-funded technology development needed for large scale expansion. Lockheed Martin Corporation is developing OTEC heat exchangers and cold water pipes, with the ultimate goal of large scale commercialization.
OTEC is a process that can produce electricity by using the temperature difference between deep cold ocean water and warm tropical surface waters. OTEC plants pump large quantities of deep cold seawater and surface seawater to run a power cycle and produce electricity. OTEC is firm power (24/7), a clean energy source, environmentally sustainable, and does not compete for precious resources like land or fresh water.
Makai Ocean Engineering was founded in 1973 as a diversified ocean engineering company focused on providing design engineering and development services to a broad range of clientele both foreign and domestic. Practice areas include engineering for ocean-based renewable energy (OTEC and Sea Water Air Conditioning), large underwater pipelines, software for planning, simulation, installation and recovery of submarine cables and arrays, and software for visualizing scientific 4D/5D data. Makai Ocean Engineering takes pride in successfully achieving innovative solutions to difficult problems for its partners and clients which has included private, industrial, and commercial firms nationally and internationally; federal, state and local governments and Pacific Island Nations.
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For images and more technical information, please contact:
Duke Hartman
Marketing Director, Makai Ocean Engineering (808) 259-8871  Duke.Hartman@makai.com  

MAKAI OCEAN ENGINEERING EMBARKS ON INITIATIVE TO ADD 100-KILOWATT TURBINE-GENERATOR
TO THE HAWAII OTEC TEST FACILITY IN KONA

Honolulu, Hawai’i (March 15, 2013) – Makai Ocean Engineering announced two endeavors in assisting the Navy to reach its alternative energy goals. The first is the design, planning and procurement of a
100-kilowatt turbine-generator for the Hawai’i Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) Test Facility. The second project includes the installation and operation of this turbine-generator, as well as the design and testing of two new OTEC heat exchangers. “Makai Ocean Engineering is committed to developing alternative energy solutions that are impactful and ahead of the curve,” said Billy Pieper, Vice President, Makai Ocean Engineering. “Due to our partnership with the Navy, I believe Makai will help achieve a more sustainable future with the solutions we are pursuing.”

The first endeavor, which will result in a turbine-generator delivered to the site, will be completed by February 2014. The projected funding requirements are approximately $1.0 million. During the second phase, Makai will install the turbine and begin operation testing. Michael Eldred, project manager of the OTEC Test Facility, says that the technical benefits of having a turbine are huge. “Besides the obvious benefit of once again including OTEC power on the grid, it will also validate the results from our OTEC models and allow us to fine-tune our control systems,” says Eldred. The new generator would result in the world’s only operational OTEC plant since 1998 and is likely to create a steppingstone to commercial-size renewable energy supplies for Navy and DoD bases in Hawai’i and Guam.

Included in the second phase effort are the development of two new OTEC-optimized heat exchangers and the continuation of corrosion testing, now in its fourth year. Due to their enormous size, heat
exchangers are one of the most expensive components in an OTEC power plant. A small increase in efficiency therefore dramatically drives down cost. Makai’s focus is to optimize the heat exchanger design by reducing material and fabrication costs, improving thermal efficiency and maximizing its life in the corrosive seawater environment. An estimated $3.6 million is slated for the project.

Over the past three years, Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. has received Office of Naval Research (ONR) funding to conduct research in key areas of OTEC heat exchanger development at the OTEC Test Facility
site at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai’i Authority (NELHA). The overall goal is to determine a baseline heat exchanger design for a future large-scale OTEC power plant useful for both US Navy and commercial application.

The stated goal of the Navy Energy Vision is that half of the Navy’s total energy consumption ashore will come from alternative sources by 2020. At present, the Navy is approximately 700 megawatts short of meeting this goal. OTEC is a technically and economically plausible way for private industry to furnish 200-300 megawatts of baseload, renewable electricity to USN and USMC bases for Oahu and Guam.

Robbie Alm, executive vice president of Hawaiian Electric Company, has called OTEC a “gamechanger” because it is 24/7 renewable power. Demonstration of OTEC-generated electric power will help spur
commercially-funded technology development needed for large scale expansion. Lockheed Martin Corporation is developing OTEC heat exchangers and cold water pipes, with the ultimate goal of large scale commercialization.

OTEC is a process that can produce electricity by using the temperature difference between deep cold ocean water and warm tropical surface waters. OTEC plants pump large quantities of deep cold
seawater and surface seawater to run a power cycle and produce electricity. OTEC is firm power (24/7), a clean energy source, environmentally sustainable, and does not compete for precious resources like land or fresh water.

Makai Ocean Engineering was founded in 1973 as a diversified ocean engineering company focused on providing design engineering and development services to a broad range of clientele both foreign and domestic. Practice areas include engineering for ocean-based renewable energy (OTEC and Sea Water Air Conditioning), large underwater pipelines, software for planning, simulation, installation and recovery of submarine cables and arrays, and software for visualizing scientific 4D/5D data. Makai Ocean Engineering takes pride in successfully achieving innovative solutions to difficult problems for its partners and clients which has included private, industrial, and commercial firms nationally and internationally; federal, state and local governments and Pacific Island Nations.

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For images and more technical information, please contact:

Duke Hartman

Marketing Director, Makai Ocean Engineering
(808) 259-8871 
Duke.Hartman@makai.com