Caribbean

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

Update: Dates for the 8th International OTEC Symposium

The 8th International OTEC Symposium, originally scheduled to be held October 22-24, 2020 in Cancun Mexico, has been postponed and moved online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. New dates for this event are January 28-29, 2021.

Those who wish to speak should submit abstracts no later than September 30, 2020.

The organization for this year is headed by Professor Miguel Alatorre of Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnologia (UNAM). More information can… Continue reading

OTEC at upcoming Caribbean Marine Technology Forum

The Caribbean Marine energy Technology forum will take place in Granada on November 6th. Possible renewable marine energy sources will be the topic of interest. These include tidal power, wave energy and offshore wind energy, but the main focus will be on Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC).

The Forum will be hosted by CARICOM (Caribbean Community) and co-hosted by the Government of Grenada and CCREEE (Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency).… Continue reading

OTEC moves a step closer in Cayman Islands

Plans for a floating power plant that will harness solar energy stored in Cayman’s coastal waters are moving forward following the completion of an environmental impact study according to an article in Cayman Compass

The owners of OTEC Cayman Ltd., in Grand Cayman this week for a renewable energy conference, told the Cayman Compass their consultants have completed the required environmental studies, which will be submitted to the Environmental Assessment Board in the coming weeks.… Continue reading

MMT and Reach Subsea to Work on NEMO Project for DCNS

Sweden’s MMT and Reach Subsea have been awarded a contract for the OTEC (Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion) NEMO project by French naval defense group DCNS.

The project is jointly developed by DCNS and its partners with purpose to characterize the geophysical and geotechnical context of the area of an offshore power plant with a floating platform and a potential cable route to the town of Bellefontaine in the western coast of Martinique’s Island in the… Continue reading

Vast potential for Ocean Thermal Energy in the Caribbean

CAF – The Development Bank of Latin America – has identified the potential use of deep seawater air conditioning (SWAC) systems in the Caribbean. Hotels and resorts are large consumers of electrical energy in Caribbean islands, and conventional air conditioning (A/C) systems account for around 40% of the total energy consumption in such buildings. SWAC uses deep cold seawater to replace the chillers used in conventional A/C systems, greatly reducing the electrical consumption and costs.… Continue reading

Akuo Energy, DCNS and Entrepose to work together to develop onshore OTEC plant for Martinique

Under the auspices of French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Akuo Energy, DCNS and Entrepose (VINCI Construction) have announced the signing of a partnership agreement regarding an Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) plant project on the island of Martinique, a project called NAUTILUS. Renewable marine power developer Akuo Energy will use technology from DCNS in the OTEC plant. Entrepose will carry out the engineering at sea.

The 5.7-megawatt onshore OTEC plant at Bellefontaine in Martinique will… Continue reading

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