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World’s largest OTEC plant connected to grid

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

The 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… Continue reading

Kick-off Ocean Energy Platform at Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology (DUT) has kicked-off a new Ocean Energy Platform in order to increase research and education in Ocean Energy. DUT aims to play a major role in this upcoming renewable energy technology, including Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC). The primary focus of this effort is the development and provision of knowledge needed to analyze and solve the key challenges of Ocean Energy. Specific Ocean energy challenges that will be addressed are related… Continue reading

ABS Grants Approval in Principle for Floating OTEC Electric Power Generation Plant

ABS, the leading provider of classification services to the global offshore industry, has granted approval in principle (AIP) to Maryland-based OTEC International LLC (OTI) for its 5–7 megawatt ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) Floating Power Plant (FPP). The FPP is designed to generate consistent electrical power for a commercial utility grid in the world’s tropical and sub-tropical zones.

The FPP design uses seawater to turn solar energy into power in a process known as OTEC.… Continue reading

3rd International OTEC symposium

Following the successful OTEC symposium in Hawaii and Korea, the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia will host this years International OTEC Symposium. The 2-day Symposium will be held on September 1st and 2nd 2015, back-to-back to the 2015 International Conference on Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technology (ICFCHT 2015) at the same venue in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

An Exhibition on OTEC, Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and SmartGrid will also be held at the same venue throughout… Continue reading

A Tribute to an Ancient Mariner

In Memory of Dr. John Pina Craven

When the editor of OTEC News asked me if I would like to write an article in memory of Dr. John Pina Craven, I jumped at the opportunity and said, “Yes of course”. Having closely known Dr. Craven during my 35 year working career at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) I felt honored and qualified to be given the opportunity to celebrate the… Continue reading

Akuo Energy, Pertamina to build OTEC plant in Indonesia

Akuo Energy and Pertamina have signed an MoU for developing renewable energy projects at various sites in Indonesia. The renewable projects will concern electricity generation from wind, solar photovoltaic (PV) and ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC).

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Director of New and Renewable Energy Pertamina, Yenni Andavani, and the CEO of Akuo Energy, Eric Sotto, Akuo’s press release reads.

Yenni Andavani said the projects will target remote islands… Continue reading

OTEC Turbine and Two New Heat Exchangers Arrive at the Makai Ocean Energy Research Center in Hawaii

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… Continue reading

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