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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

Seawater cooling project in La Réunion funded with €150m

The French island La Réunion is to receive €150m funding to deploy a seawater cooling project to power its air-conditioning,  announced Monday, October 27.

The project will involve the construction and operation of a system to draw cold water at 5°C from a depth of 1,000m from the Indian Ocean and supply public and private facilities on the 2,500km² island. These include the regional hospital, university and the industrial and commercial areas of the… Continue reading

IRENA Evaluates Four Ocean Energy Technologies

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has published a series of technology papers exploring the potential for power generation and other sustainable applications from ocean energy. The papers cover the main features and current status of four technology types: tidal energy; wave energy; ocean thermal energy conversion; and salinity gradient energy.

Describing ocean thermal energy conversion as having the highest potential of all ocean energy technologies, the respective Brief notes that: these technologies could… Continue reading

2nd OTEC Symposium proceedings

The International OTEC Symposium 2014 was held from June 20 to June 21, 2014 in Goseong, Korea. Seawater Utilization Plant Research Center (SUPRC) of Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering (KRISO) hosted the symposium to share all valuable information on OTEC from academic and industrial sectors. About 50 OTEC experts from all over the world including the Malaysia, USA, Japan, Netherlands, Fiji, Ghana and Korea have participated in the symposium giving brilliant thoughts… Continue reading

Funding NEMO: Offshore OTEC project awarded in NER 300 program

Earlier this week, EU commissioner Hedegaard announced the results of the Second NER300 Call in a brief press conference. In this round, 1 bn Euro’s has been awarded to 19 projects in 12 countries. Akuo and DCNS’ offshore OTEC project, NEMO, was also awarded €72m Euro.

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Nemo-Martinique
NEMO is an ocean thermal energy project off the west coast of Martinique in the Caribbean Sea. A moored barge will be installed housing four turbo-generators. Each will… Continue reading

OTEC to boost renewable energy efforts in Fiji

Renewable energy alternatives and improvements in energy security through the introduction of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) can positively impact Fiji and the Pacific region’s economies.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Public Utilities (Water, Energy) Works and Transport Timoci Natuva during a presentation today on Sustainable Utilisation of Ocean Thermal Energy in the South Pacific Region.

Fiji OTEC“Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion will enhance our initiatives of Green and Blue Economy concept, which was introduced… Continue reading

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:

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