According to a press notice on their web site Xenesys have announced that they are going to start the commercial implementation of OTEC in Tahiti. According to the notice, the news was released at a symposium at Saga University on the 17 October. It is unclear if this announcement adds anything significant to what we wrote about earlier. If what is reported is correct though, then it seems that they haven’t decided on a location yet.
We missed in August that Xenesys signed a deal with Pacific Petroleum Company for a joint venture “to conduct commercial and technical studies to realize Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) in French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Vanuatu.”
The NYT picked up on the Lockheed Martin press release about the grant from the US Department of Energy to “demonstrate a cold water pipe fabrication approach using modern fiberglass technology and recent low-cost composite material manufacturing methods at prototype and pilot plant scales“. The Energy Daily also has some quotes from Lookheed Martin and indications that they are also working with Makai Ocean Engineering and others on this.