Building Industry Magazine - May 2013 - (Page 46)

NewsBeat Makai to Install Turbine Generator at OTEC Facility Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. is working on two projects to help the Navy reach its energy goal of having half of its total energy consumption ashore to come from alternative sources by 2020. Currently the Navy is 700 megawatts short of meeting its goal and Makai Ocean Engineering is assisting in closing the gap. The first project, expected to be completed by February 2014, is the design, planning and procurement of a 100-kilowatt turbine-generator for the Hawaii Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) Test Facility in Kona. 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. OTEC is a technically and economically plausible way for private industry to furnish 200 to 300 megawatts of baseload, renewable electricity to USN and USMC bases for Oahu and Guam. “Makai Ocean Engineering is committed to developing alternative energy solutions that are impactful and ahead of the curve,” says Billy Pieper, vice president of 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.” Due to their size, heat exchangers are one of the most expensive components in an OTEC power plant. A small increase in efficiency can dramatically drive 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 cor- Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. is installing a turbine generator at the Hawaii Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion OTEC) Test Facility in Kona. rosive seawater environment. An estimated $3.6 million is slated for the project. 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,” he says. Guam Dock Repairs Complete; New Project Begins Guam officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completion of dock repairs. In back-to-back ceremonies, the Port Authority of Guam on March 8 cut the ribbon to mark the completion of the dock repairs and broke ground to start the second phase of the marina renovation and site improvements. “Our staff has been working diligently with Black Construction and our stakeholders to arrive at this point,” said Joanne Brown, PAG general manager. Phase II of the marina project—funded by the Department of Interior—involves the demolition and rebuilding of walkways and the monitoring station building in the port area. The dock repairs were jointly funded by the PAG and the DOI U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sport Fish Restoration. 46 | BUILDING INDUSTRY | MAY 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Industry Magazine - May 2013

Military Tribute
HVAC Variable Systems
Makai Ocean to install turbine generator
Guam dock repairs complet
Maui crews get sealcoat training
Edith Kanakaole Stadium ready for actio
Ness Turf Equipment opens doors in Kapolei
Spotlight On Success: Kapiolani Medical Center parking garage
Concept To Completion: Kahuku Hauoli Hale
Hot Topic, with Karin Holma Insurance?
Contracts Awarded
Low Bids
Best Practices: You’ve Got the Job … Now What?
New Products

Building Industry Magazine - May 2013