OTEC powerplant for Okinotorishima island gets closer

OTECAccording to The Yomiuri Shimbun, the island of Okinotorishima will be subject to a joint reserach project by the National Fisheries University, an independent administrative agency and Saga University to assess whether the island is suitable for an OTEC installation [cached]. The project is supposed to start the 10 January 2006 and will involve about 20 people. The team will collect data about temperatures in different layers of water as deep as 1,000 meters, the quality of water, sea floor topography and currents. A report will be compiled by March. As reported earlier Japan is at odds with China over the establishment of exclusive economic zones (EEZ) around the atoll–which is about 11 kilometers in circumference–under the U.N. Convention of the Law of Sea. In other news PESN had a report on Sea Solar Power [cached] yesterday.

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