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20,000 megawatts under the sea

New Scientist published an article about the many promises of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC), and the need and increasing momentum for OTEC to become part of the 21st century’s renewable energy mix, including a nice visual overview of OTEC projects  getting under way around the world:

OTEC Of Interest To Barbados, Region

Minister of Energy in Barbados, Senator Darcy Boyce, recognises the potential of Ocean Thermal Energy: “We are particularly interested in OTEC systems which, not only produce base load electricity, but also cold water which may be used for air-conditioning, which creates a heavy demand for expensive electricity”.

He noted that the CARICOM Energy Policy had also urged Member States to keep abreast of developments in renewable energy resources such as Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion, ocean… Continue reading

Mauritius Sea Water Air Conditioning

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The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) has approved a US $1-million project preparation grant at the end of December 2013 to support Sotravic Ltd. in the development and installation of the Sea Water Air Conditioning (SWAC) System in Mauritius, an innovative low-carbon technology that lowers building cooling costs using cold ocean water. It will thus contribute to an annual reduction of 40,000 tons of CO2 emissions, create 40 direct green jobs for skilled… Continue reading

20kW OTEC pilot plant public demonstration in South Korea

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The OTEC team of Korea Research Institute of Ships & Ocean Engineering (KRISO) affiliated with Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) had successfully finished 20kW OTEC pilot plant public demonstration.

The 20kW OTEC pilot plant which is a down-scaled model of 1MW OTEC plant was designed in detail based on R-32 by the Korean OTEC team which consists of 13 national institutes and universities in the end of 2012. After manufacturing unit parts,… Continue reading

OTEC Africa conference presentations

OTEC_Africa_logoLast month, the two-day OTEC Africa conference was held at The School of Business and IT at the University of Borås, Sweden. It was a nice and informal gathering with a good opportunity to connect to people who share the OTEC-vision. The conference was organized by OTEC Africa, and hosted a wide variety of speakers. The conference organizers and speakers have made available some of the presentations that were given at the OTEC… Continue reading

Call for abstracts 2nd International OTEC Symposium

The 2nd International OTEC Symposium will be hosted from June 15 to June 18, 2014 by the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) Deep Ocean Water Application Research Center (DOWARC) OTEC Team as a special session of the 24th International Offshore(Ocean) and Polar Engineering Conference(ISOPE) 2014 in Busan, Korea. The Symposium will provide a platform for information exchange and discussion, and will identify steps to OTEC commercialisation for public and… Continue reading

Lockheed Martin and Reignwood Group Sign Contract To Develop Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Power Plant

Lockheed Martin and Reignwood Group have signed a contract to start design of a 10-megawatt OTEC power plant, which, when complete, will be the largest OTEC project to date.

lockheedmartin“The ocean holds enormous potential for terrawatts of clean, baseload energy,” said Dan Heller, vice president of new ventures for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training. “Capturing this energy through a system like OTEC means we have the opportunity to produce reliable and sustainable power, supporting… Continue reading

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