Southeast Asian Collaboration for Ocean Renewable Energy (SEAcORE)
In order to understand the regional energy needs and ocean energy technology challenges specific to tropical conditions, the Energy Research Institute at Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N) initiated the SEAcORE collaboration with Singapore neighbouring countries, such as Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. It is founded on February 26, 2013 after an ocean renewable energy workshop hosted by ERI@N and sponsored by the British High Commission – Singapore, with all the member countries signing the “SEACORE Initiative Signed Agreement.”
SEAcORE is envisioned to be a platform for the exchange of ideas, initiatives, & experiences from R&D, policymakers, and industry. It forms a collated and active core network of expertise and technical know-how in Southeast Asia (SEA) to set, assist, augment, or facilitate adoption of Ocean Renewable Energy (ORE) in the region; and also promotes diffusion of renewables’ products and creates new markets for partner industrial firms. Presently cooperation is in the form of joint projects in resource mapping and assessments among the network.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations Centre for Energy (ACE) has also recognised the efforts of the SEAcORE initiative and officially made it as ACE’s technical working group for ocean renewable energy in the region. SEAcORE together with ACE will drive projects, activities and events that lead to increasing awareness and the uptake of ocean renewables in Southeast Asia.
The following are the current active participants in the network:
- Brunei – Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD)
- Malaysia – Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR); Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
- Myanmar – Myanmar Maritime University (MMU); Myanmar Engineering Society (MES),
- Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI)
- Philippines – University of the Philippines (UP), UP Marine Science Institute (UPMSI)
- Singapore – Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
- King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT)
- Vietnam – Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST); Institute of Energy Science (IES)
SEAcORE network takes part on the technical know-how and expertise on ocean renewable energy technology development. A Secretariat has also been formed (one representative from each country), which is mainly responsible for the coordination, administration and organization of SEAcORE activities.
The following are the key successes of SEAcORE from year 2013 to 2014:
- Participation in the Asia Clean Energy Summit (ACES) within the Singapore International Energy Week last October 27 to 30, 2014. The second annual meeting of the SEAcORE participants was also held during this week.
- Updated and full database of ORE-related stakeholders, experts, institutions, agencies and industries in Southeast Asia. Collated data, information (e.g. potential ORE resources) and technology capabilities from SEA experts on ORE
- Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) among SEA institutions and universities, specifically focusing on ORE-related researches and studies were signed in 2014.
- Research Collaboration Agreements (RCAs) are presently under the discussions among the institutes.
- International recognition of SEAcORE efforts through International Energy Agency- Ocean Energy System (IEA-OES) and membership of Singapore to OES last 2014.