Okinawa Prefecture has announced the start of the OTEC operation test at Kume Island on April 15th. The main aim is to examine the expected fluctuation of electricity supply caused by changes in weather, season, and sea temperature. The testing and research will be conducted with the support of Saga University until the end of 2014.
IHI Plant Construction Co. Ltd, Yokogawa Electric Corporation, and Xenesys Inc were entrusted to construct the 50 kilowatt plant… Continue reading
Today, Lockheed Martin has announced that it is working with Reignwood Group to develop an Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) pilot power plant off the coast of southern China. A memorandum of agreement between the two companies was signed in Beijing on Saturday. Following the ceremony, both companies met with United States Secretary of State John Kerry during his first official state visit to the People’s Republic of China.
The 10-megawatt offshore plant, to be… Continue reading
OTEC International LLC has been selected to build a 1 MW OTEC at NELHA, Hawaii. The RFI for this went out recently, with a very short deadline, so we were wondering if the choice wasn’t a given from the start. The main investor in OTEC International has also invested in Seasolar Power earlier.
The OTEC demonstration plant is planned to be built on six acres of NELHA’s Hawai’i Ocean Science and Technology (HOST) Park. The… Continue reading
According to Xenesys’ news page, quoting Nishi Nippon Shinbun (news paper) on 27 March, the NIOT OTEC plant has gone operational. They say “The NIOT project, which is an on-board application of OTEC power system, has just started its experimental power generation off Chennai coast.”
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.
OTEC – The most exciting work in OTEC probably goes on in India and on Hawaii. In India, the Sagar Shakti 1 MW OTEC barge was going to be deployed in September. However, we didn’t hear about what has delayed it. On Hawaii, at NELHA, the work on the 55 inch pipeline and a pumpstation is ongoing.