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Inyanga Marine Energy Group to Deploy Bi-Directional Turbine System for Tidal Energy Project in the Philippines

by Anna

Inyanga Marine Energy Group, a UK-based company specializing in innovative marine energy solutions, is set to lead a 1 MW tidal energy project in the Philippines. The project, located on the remote island of Capul, aims to harness ocean tides using a gravity-optimized base with bidirectional turbines and an active pitch system. This initiative is expected to replace a 750 kW diesel power plant, providing a sustainable and reliable source of energy for the island.

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Andrew Smith Hughes has been appointed as the Product Manager for the newly established ‘Fabrication Division’ at Engineering Technology Group (ETG), the parent company overseeing this venture. The Fabrication Division will integrate various products and services, with the VLB Group being the first brand under its umbrella. The project is part of ETG’s efforts to address the complex manufacturing challenges faced by businesses, offering comprehensive solutions from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to small subcontract manufacturers.

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The tidal energy project on Capul Island will utilize Inyanga’s HydroWing bi-directional tidal turbine system. The installation is expected to come online in late 2025, marking Southeast Asia’s first tidal power generation plant. The system incorporates bidirectional blades from Dutch tidal energy technology developer Tocardo, featuring a passive pitch control system to enhance efficiency and reduce maintenance complexity.

Capul Island’s unique geographical features, including its proximity to the San Bernardino Strait, contribute to strong tidal currents, making it an ideal location for tidal energy generation. The microgrid associated with the tidal energy project will include solar panels and an onshore energy storage facility, ensuring continuous power for the island’s population of over 12,300.

Energies PH, a Philippines-based developer, leads the project through its affiliate, San Bernardino Ocean Power Corporation. The success of the Capul Island project is expected to pave the way for similar initiatives at remote sites across the Philippines, contributing to the expansion of renewable capacity in underserved regions.

Tidal energy technology, harnessing the natural ebb and flow of water influenced by gravitational fields, is recognized for its high power output and predictable generation. Despite facing economic competitiveness challenges, Inyanga’s HydroWing system addresses critical limitations, focusing on maximizing tidal energy extraction and minimizing device reliability issues.

The Capul Island tidal energy project signifies a significant step toward sustainable and reliable energy solutions for remote communities, contributing to the global transition to cleaner and more environmentally friendly power sources.

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