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Advanced Course for Experienced Cable Lay Operators Now Offered by Makai
– October, 2016

Makai is now offering an advanced cable laying course for operators who have managed real cable installations at-sea using MakaiLay. In addition to filling any knowledge gaps that operators might have in basic lay operations, this MakaiLay Level-II training course focuses on more advanced scenarios that might arise at-sea.

This course produces graduates who are better equipped to install subsea cable accurately, safely, and swiftly, which benefits the installation company, the cable owners, the insurers, and of course the operators themselves.

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Cable Route Planning and Installation Software Sees Increase in Sales
– July, 2016

Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. made multiple new sales of its popular software for route engineering, installation planning, and real-time lay control of subsea cables.

“We are pleased to announce multiple sales of MakaiPlan, MakaiPlan Pro, and MakaiLay to existing and new customers.” said Dr. Venkata Jasti, Makai’s Manager of Submarine Cable Systems. “We’ve worked hard on improving the functionality and user-friendliness of Makai’s software suite, especially for subsea power cables. Helping our customers succeed in their route engineering, installation planning, and at-sea cable laying operations is what drives us.”

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Makai Upgrades Software to Plan and Simulate Subsea Power and Telecom Cable Installations
– February, 2016
Also published by: Subsea World News | World Oil | Tidal Energy Today | Maritime Journal | Marine Technology News

Makai has released version 6.0 of MakaiPlan Pro, which is a popular software for planning and simulating subsea power and telecom cable installations. MakaiPlan Pro includes the tools of MakaiPlan, which is the industry standard GIS cable route engineering software. In addition, MakaiPlan Pro allows the user to perform powerful and precise 3-D, dynamic simulations of a submarine cable installation.

The operator can quickly simulate an entire cable lay in advance from the comfort of the office at up to 50 times faster than real-time. This is useful for developing Ship Installation plans, performing pre-lay and post-lay analysis, and also for operator training. The operator can run advanced simulations for conducting Installation Feasibility Studies and Equipment Selection.

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Innovative Seaside Power Plant Runs Hot and Cold
Huffington Post
– December, 2015

The latest idea to emerge from Hawaii’s pioneering alternative energy scene is Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC), a process that produces electricity by using the temperature difference between the warm ocean surface waters of tropical areas and the much colder deep water below. It may sound strange at first, but this unusual path to collecting another kind of solar energy appears to work.

Makai Ocean Engineering has constructed a 105-kilowatt test project at a cost of $5 million to prove the concept. It’s paid for in part by the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research — the Navy has a goal to get 50 percent of its shore-based energy from alternative sources within five years — and the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute.

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Lake Source Cooling Intake Pipeline Cleaning Work
Cornell Chronicle
– October, 2015

Makai has been hired as an engineering consultant by Cornell for a project that will clean the intake pipelines for the university’s Lake Source Cooling system. The Lake Source Cooling (LSC) project uses cold lake water from Lake Cayuga to provide more environmentally-friendly cooling for air conditioning, reducing the campus energy use for cooling by 80%, and saving an average of 25 million kilowatt-hours per year of electricity.

Under the current pipeline cleaning contract, Makai helped Cornell define the work scope, suggested and interviewed potential contractors, reviewed contractor proposals, and Makai is now providing technical support during the construction process. Makai was the engineering firm originally responsible for designing the offshore pipelines, custom retrievable intake structure that can be lifted to the surface to facilitate cleaning, and shoreline crossings for the LSC system.

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New Environmental Coastal and Ocean Modeling Tool
– September, 2015
Also published by: WaterWorld | Maritime Journal | Coastal News Today

Makai is expanding its environmental and coastal modeling services for clients who discharge into, or withdraw from, the world’s oceans, lakes, and reservoirs. Recently, Makai completed a 3-year effort to adapt the EPA-approved Environmental Fluid Dynamics Code (EFDC) into a robust and flexible dispersion and water quality modeling tool.

The new Makai EFDC modeling system (M-EFDC) is specifically designed to simulate and predict the dispersion of large industrial water flows. Combined with Makai’s experienced team, the new M-EFDC enables cost-effective modeling solutions ranging from initial project planning to more rigorous regulatory submittals and watershed management efforts.

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Makai Connects World’s Largest Ocean Thermal Plant to U.S. Grid
– August, 2015
Also published by: Forbes | Bloomberg | Popular Science | Popular Mechanics | View More

Makai Ocean Engineering celebrates the completion of the world’s largest operational Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) power plant with a dedication ceremony held on Friday, August 21, at 11:00 a.m. at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA).

Makai’s OTEC power plant uses the temperature difference between the ocean’s cold deep water and warm surface water to generate clean, renewable electricity that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The NELHA-sited plant will generate 100 kilowatts of sustainable, continuous electricity—enough to power 120 Hawaii homes annually.

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Newly Opened Marine Corrosion Research Laboratory Uses Deep and Shallow Seawater
– August, 2015
Also published by: Marine Technology News | Offshore Magazine

Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. is now providing expanded corrosion services at their Marine Corrosion Laboratory (MCL) in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The MCL is located at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA), making it the only location in the U.S. where large flows of shallow and deep seawater from depths up to 3,000 feet are continuously available.

The MCL is staffed with corrosion engineers and state-of-the-art equipment for a wide range of research, development, testing & evaluation (RDT&E) services in the field of marine corrosion. Capabilities at the lab include both basic corrosion science research and applied engineering solutions for the prevention of marine corrosion, and are complemented by a strong relationship with researchers at the University of Hawaii’s Hawaii Corrosion Laboratory.

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New Renewable Energy Report Released: Seawater Air Conditioning in the Caribbean
– July, 2015
Also published by: Marine Technology News | Energy Manager Today | Cogeneration and On-Site Power Production | District Energy

Makai Ocean Engineering has completed a feasibility study of a district cooling system that uses deep cold seawater, known as seawater air conditioning (SWAC). The study was commissioned by CAF – Development Bank of Latin America, with co-financing from the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and used Makai’s recently upgraded district cooling software.

Eight locations in the Caribbean were analyzed for SWAC development, which were then down-selected to two sites considered to be most promising: Montego Bay in Jamaica, and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. The final report that summarizes the study is now available upon request.

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MakaiLay Suite Adds Features for Power Cable Installers
– May, 2015
Also published by: Marine Technology News

Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. continues to address issues experienced by the subsea power cable industry by significantly enhancing the world’s leading submarine cable lay software, MakaiLay, and its desktop simulation sister product, MakaiPlan Pro. Specifically, three key features are being integrated into the Power Cable modules for each of these products that are built specifically for power cable installers.

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Ocean-Tec Systems Will Be Offering a MakaiLay Level 1 Training Course in UK
– April, 2015
Also published by: Ocean-Tec Systems News

Ocean-Tec Systems is offering a five (5) day MakaiLay Level 1 training course in Darlington, UK. Training will be provided by one of Makai’s experienced personnel, heavily experienced in the use of the application during both planning and cable lay activities. The course covers route planning, cable lay physics and cable installation. Additional course topics include data analysis, file I/O and troubleshooting.

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U.S. Navy Invests in Research and Development of Seawater Air Conditioning Technology
– Winter, 2015
Also published by: District Energy | Sea Tech News | Energy Manager Today

Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. has completed a contract by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) to research and develop Seawater Air Conditioning (SWAC) technology. SWAC is a method to provide air conditioning to buildings by using an available cold water source (usually deep cold water from a lake or ocean). SWAC can provide air conditioning using about one-tenth of the energy required for conventional air conditioning.

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Makai and the University of Hawaii Successfully Test a New ‘Hybrid’ Underwater Vehicle Prototype
– Winter, 2015
Also published by: HydroWorld | Robotics Today | Vessel Finder | Dredging Today

Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. and the University of Hawaii (UH) have jointly developed a novel autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that can effectively deploy seafloor sensing equipment by combining features of a free-swimming AUV and those of a bottom crawling vehicle.

This ‘hybrid’ autonomous underwater vehicle is called the Bottom-Skimming AUV, or B-SAUV. The B-SAUV is propelled by thrusters but can touch, glide along, and interact with the seafloor.

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Makai Awarded Small Business Grant for Deep-Drifting Sonobuoys
– Winter, 2015

Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. has been awarded a competitive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant focused on developing a new deep-drifting sonobuoy. Sonobuoys consist of a surface float connected by a tether to a hydrophone array that is used to listen for submarines in the ocean. Sonobuoys with hydrophones that have a short/shallow tether have a limited listening range.

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MakaiLay Power used by OUOCI Consortium to Install Power Cable in Venezuela
– Winter, 2015
Also published by: Ocean News | Marine Technology News

Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. recently modified the popular telecom cable lay software, MakaiLay, to address specific issues experienced by the subsea power cable industry. The result of this effort was MakaiLay Power, a real-time software tool for controlling power cable deployment at-sea.

This software was recently purchased and used by the OUOCI Consortium to install a subsea power cable in Venezuela for the Chacopata-Margarita Submarine Cable Interconnection Project.

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Makai wins Leaders in Sustainability Finalist Award
Pacific Business News
– November, 2014

Pacific Business News will honor business and nonprofits at the Business Leadership Hawaii dinner awards banquet on Thursday, November 13 at the Sheraton Waikiki, Maui & Kauai Ballrooms.

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CAF – Development Bank of Latin America and Makai Complete a Study of Seawater Air Conditioning in the Caribbean
– Fall, 2014

CAF – Development Bank of Latin America has identified the potential use of deep seawater air conditioning (SWAC) systems in the Caribbean. Hotels and resorts are large consumers of electrical energy in Caribbean islands, and conventional air conditioning (A/C) systems account for around 40% of the total energy consumption in such buildings. SWAC uses deep cold seawater to replace the chillers used in conventional A/C systems, greatly reducing the electrical consumption and costs.

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Makai’s OTEC Turbine and Two New Heat Exchangers Arrive at the Ocean Energy Research Center in Hawaii
– Fall, 2014
Also published by: Pacific Business News

Makai’s Ocean Energy Research Center (OERC) in Kona, Hawaii has received several major pieces of equipment for its Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) demonstration plant. Two new heat exchangers (2-megawatt thermal duty each), and a 100 kilowatt ammonia turbine-generator have arrived and are in various stages of installation and testing.

To date, Makai has tested four condensers and three evaporators at the OERC, each made of either aluminum or titanium. The facility has been designed to easily swap out OTEC heat exchangers, and test as many as six simultaneously.

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Ocean Thermal Energy: Back From the Deep
IEEE Spectrum
– August 2014

This month, the Hawaii-based firm Makai Ocean Engineering will prepare to hoist a small turbine up a spare steel structure with a commanding view of the Pacific Ocean. There, with a flood of near-freezing water piped up from 1,000 meters below the surface, the company will put what will be the largest experimental ocean thermal energy plant through its paces.

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Group 70 Tahiti Mahana Project using Makai for SWAC system design
Pacific Business News
– July 2014

It’s being called the Tahiti Mahana Beach Resorts and Spa, but it’s about so much more than beachfront relaxation.

For the people of Tahiti, it’s an economic shot in the arm, a 130-acre project in Punaauia, near Papeete, that includes a 500,000-square-foot shopping mall, condos, convention center, casino, office space, movie theaters, bowling alley, parks and promenades, all for local use, as well as hotels ranging from three- to six-star.

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Makai releases MakaiPlan v6.0 for power and telecom cable route engineering
– July 2014
Also published by: Ocean-Tec Systems News

Makai has released version 6.0 of MakaiPlan, the industry standard GIS cable route engineering software. MakaiPlan is a tool to create and edit submarine cable routes, define cables and in-line bodies, define and adjust slack, instantly create Route Positioning Lists (RPLs) and Straight Line Diagrams (SLDs), and estimate system costs. Multiple planners and designers work interactively on cable installations with easy access to and exchange of project data.

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Makai welcomes new users of MakaiPlan and MakaiPlan Pro.
– March 2014
Also published by: Subsea World News | Ocean-Tec Systems News

Makai made sales of MakaiPlan, GIS cable route-planning software, and MakaiPlan Pro, cable lay simulation software. Makai’s software continues to serve as the industry standard for cable planners and installers who serve the subsea telecom cable, power cable, and military markets.

“We are excited to welcome several new clients to the large and growing club of MakaiPlan and MakaiPlan Pro users.” said Dr. Jose Andres, CEO of Makai. “Selecting the best cable route and creating a Ship Installation Plan for the cable lay are two critical steps in the development cycle for subsea cable projects. Makai is proud to provide tools that streamline these steps for our clients.”

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Route-engineering and planning tool grows in popularity
– November 2013
Also published by: Ocean-Tec Systems News

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 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.”

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Makai awarded $3.6M to continue work on OTEC at the Ocean Energy Research Center in Hawaii
– November 2013

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.

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SBSS purchases MakaiLay and MakaiPlan Pro for the CS Fu Hai
– October 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.

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Hawaii’s next energy source could be power from the sea
Mother Nature Network
– August 2013

BIG ISLAND, HAWAII — Can you imagine a 100-megawatt renewable energy power plant capable of running this entire island of 185,000 people? I can, because I’ve seen a scale model.

I’m on the Big Island of Hawaii, which has an energy problem. Although solar energy is abundant, most of the island runs on expensive imported fossil fuel. Gasoline is $5 a gallon, electricity as much as 46 cents a kilowatt hour. There has to be a better way, and maybe there is.

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SAIC chooses MakaiLay Seismic and MakaiPlan Pro Seismic to simulate and control Ocean Bottom Cable (OBC) installation and retrieval operations
– August 2013

SAIC 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.

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Makai to present three OTEC projects at a clean energy conference in September in Honolulu
– July 2013

Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. is confirmed to present 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.

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

Global Marine Systems Ltd 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.

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New Submarine Cable Repair Software
– June 2013

Makai Ocean Engineering releases the Makai Repair software. Makai Repair extends the capability of Makai’s industry-standard submarine cable planning and installation software suite to include at-sea cable repair and recovery operations. It is a standalone product which runs on a standard PC operating with Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or XP which is installed on a repair vessel. The software is available in two versions: Standard, and Professional Pro, depending on the client’s needs.

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MakaiPlan 5.1 Released
– June 2013

MakaiPlan 5.1 has been released. With over 270 licenses sold worldwide, MakaiPlan is the telecommunications industry standard software tool for creating submarine cable routes, defining cables and in-line bodies, editing routes, defining and adjusting slack, and instantly creating RPLs and SLDs. This version includes many new significant features also useful to the marine renewable industry where acceptance of MakaiPlan is rapidly growing.

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Makai Receives ISO9001:2008 Certification
– June 2013

Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. has achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification, an internationally recognized standard for quality management systems. The Certificate is only awarded to companies that can demonstrate their ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer requirements, placing customer satisfaction as a key component of those requirements.

The ISO 9001:2008 certification for engineering, design services and software development for commercial and government applications ensures that Makai adheres to documented processes and procedures and continues to improve the efficiency and quality of products and services worldwide.

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Makai to add 100-Kilowatt turbine generator to the Hawaii OTEC Facility in Kona
– May 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.

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