Palau’s government supports OTEC study

Marianas Variety reports that the island nation of Palau’s government has passed a resolution to perform a feasibility study for OTEC for the island. A request for US$ 500,000 has supposedly been made to the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to support the study.

Edit: Thanks to Geoff Wilkie for pointing out that I misspelled Palau.

Palau Government want to do OTEC study

According to the Micronesian Newspaper Marinas Variety the Government of Palau has submitted a proposal to the US Trade and Development Agency to secure funding for an OTEC study. The budgeted amount for the study is said to be US$ 500,000. According to he article they would limit the implementation of the eventual OTEC plant to US companies, suggesting that either OCEES or Seasolar Power could get the work.

Palau / Saga University project article in New York Times

The New York Times has an article (free registration required) on the OTEC project for Palau in the Pacific ocean. The article says that an experimental OTEC costing US$ 7.5m is to be built, but financing is still being negotiated. Furthermore, according to the paper, Haruo Uehara, president of Saga University, did say that a delegation from Saudi Arabia was going to visit the university to review OTEC technology.

More Palau OTEC news

OTECOn Xenesys’ web site there is a short news item about the Palau OTEC collaboration agreement with Saga University. Interestingly they say “The plan is said to construct OTEC power plants at 7 different locations in Palau by 2015, generating 30,000 kW in total”.

IOA Winter newsletter

The International OTEC Association’s Winter 2002 Newsletter is out. The main piece is about George Claude’s Cuban OTEC Experiment in the 1930s. There is a very interesting news item about the North Pacific nation of Palau’s plans to generate most of its energy using an Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion system. To round off they have an introduction to seaPower Europe, a newly established Trade Association for the marine renewable energy sector in Europe.

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