Puerto Rico Ocean Technology Complex (PROTech) Request for Qualifications

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017, Puerto Rico signed Law 17-2019 into effect which requires the island to generate 100% renewable energy by 2050.  As one step towards meeting this ambitious goal, the government has established the Puerto Rico Ocean Technology Complex (PROTech) Project based on a feasibility study completed by Integra Design Group, Makai Ocean Engineering, Technical Consulting Group, and Estudios Tecnicos Inc. The FS was updated as… Continue reading

Feasibility Analysis of a 20 MW OTEC Power Plant

Charles Roberts Upshaw, a MSE student from the University of Texas at Austin, dedicated his thesis to the topic, “Thermodynamic and Economic Feasibility Analysis of a 20 MW Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) Power Plant”. Upshaw’s purpose of the thesis was to investigate OTEC and assess its potential viability as an energy source from both engineering and economic perspectives.  The results have been published in a paper that is linked below.

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Feasibility study for an OTEC plant on Guam

The Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation has received a $50.000 grant, which will be used to conduct a feasibility study on the economic and technical aspects of running an OTEC plant on Guam. This grant has been given by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and is in line with the Guam Bill 166, which states that each utility that sells electricity for consumption on Guam must increase its share of renewable energy of its… Continue reading

OTEC feasibility study for Reunion

The French naval defence system company DCNS Group on 7 April 2009 signed an agreement with the regional council of Reunion for a feasibility study for an OTEC installation on Reunion. Several defence contractors, such as Lockheed Martin and DCNS are moving into the energy market via OTEC whilst there seem to be scant interest from the traditional energy companies.

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