A tidal energy demonstration has been approved in Queensland, with the state’s largest trading port further demonstrating its commitment to renewable energy.

Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) has partnered with MAKO Tidal Turbines (MAKO) to investigate how tidal flows at the Port of Gladstone can be harnessed to produce electricity.

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey, said it is the first demonstration of its kind in Australian tropical waters using port infrastructure.

“We are excited to see how Port of Gladstone can work with MAKO to harness tidal energy and potentially contribute to Queensland’s energy mix,” Mr Bailey said.

Queensland Minister for Energy, Dr Anthony Lynham, said Queensland is already setting the pace on renewable energy via solar, wind and hydro.

“This very well could be another string to our bow.”

GPC has already delved into the world of renewable energy, with a solar demonstration trial in late 2017.

GPC CEO, Peter O’Sullivan, said the corporation is committed to energy efficiency and long-term sustainability.

“These initiatives are just the start of our renewable energy journey,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“We are excited to be partnering with MAKO to demonstrate the turbine’s capabilities, particularly within a port environment.”

The tidal turbine will be installed at the Port of Gladstone’s Barney Point Terminal from mid to late 2018.

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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