Indian ocean islands interested in OTEC
According to an article from last year in the Indian publication Business Line, Dr. Harsh K. Gupta, The Secretary, Union Department of Ocean Development (DoD), said that Mauritius, Seychelles and Maldives have sought India’s expertise in the setting up of ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) plants.
These island nations would be perfect users of OTEC technology. The islands are sitting in the middle of a huge energy resource in shape of the ocean surrounding them. They typically have a shortage of foreign currency, much of which is used to import oil, petrol, etc. to drive fossile fuel electricity generators, often in very small and inefficient generators. Furthermore, they are often importers of fresh water for their tourist industry. Both energy and fresh water shortages are easily solved with OTEC plants without destroying the fantastic beauty of the nature in and around these island nations.