Environmental Assessment of OTEC in Hawaii

Christina Comfort, a MSc. student in Biological Oceanography from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa , worked with Luis Vega Ph.D. as a research assistant in assessing the potential environmental impact of OTEC in Hawaii. Their research focused on centralizing the existing (published and unpublished) environmental and physical oceanographic data relevant to OTEC implementation in Oahu, Hawaii. The results have been published in a paper which can be found below.

In her paper… Continue reading

Draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed 1MWe demonstration plant at NELHA

OTEC International has published the Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) for the proposed one megawatt demonstration plant at NELHA’s Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology (HOST) Park at Keahole, Hawaii Island. The assessment which has been prepared at the request of NELHA, looks at the environmental implications at the facility’s proposed site. The comment period is open till August 22, 2012.

The proposed 1MWe OTEC facility will serve as a test platform for

OTEC Environmental workshop by NOAA and DOE

From June 22 – 24, 2010, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Department of Energy (DOE) hold a workshop on the potential environmental impacts of OTEC facilities. The workshop is a step towards increased collaboration and coordination which is crucial to the advancement of OTEC development.

Like with every new energy technology, OTEC has unique challenges in terms of environmental impact. The workshop focus was to assess OTEC’s potential impact, such as the… Continue reading

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