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20kW OTEC pilot plant public demonstration in South Korea

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The OTEC team of Korea Research Institute of Ships & Ocean Engineering (KRISO) affiliated with Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) had successfully finished 20kW OTEC pilot plant public demonstration.

The 20kW OTEC pilot plant which is a down-scaled model of 1MW OTEC plant was designed in detail based on R-32 by the Korean OTEC team which consists of 13 national institutes and universities in the end of 2012. After manufacturing unit parts,… Continue reading

Kobe Steel supplies high heat transfer titanium sheet for use in OTEC plants

With the increasing number of OTEC projects around the globe, more and more industrial companies increase their focus and product range towards OTEC. An example for this is the recent product update by Kobe Steel, Ltd and its announcement to provide high heat transfer titanium sheet specifically designed for OTEC plants.

Kobe Steel, Ltd. has developed a high heat transfer titanium sheet called HEET™ for use in plate heat exchangers, one of the important applications… Continue reading

OTEC Testing in Okinawa

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

Lockheed Martin and Reignwood Group to Develop Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Power Plant

Lockheed Martin Reignwood Group MOUToday, 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 chosen for Hawaii OTEC Demonstration

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

NIOT OTEC operational

OTECAccording 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.”

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.

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