Indian Ocean

Ocean thermal energy holds promise for Oman

Oman has the potential to harness the ocean’s inexhaustible thermal energy for power generation and district cooling, among other commercial applications, according to an international expert specialising in the use of this renewable resource.

Berend Jan Kleute (pictured), Co-Founder of Bluerise — a Dutch-based company known for its pioneering Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) technology — said the capital region, Muscat, among other coastal towns and shore-based installations, are located in the relative proximity of… Continue reading

Akuo Energy, Pertamina to build OTEC plant in Indonesia

Akuo Energy and Pertamina have signed an MoU for developing renewable energy projects at various sites in Indonesia. The renewable projects will concern electricity generation from wind, solar photovoltaic (PV) and ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC).

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Director of New and Renewable Energy Pertamina, Yenni Andavani, and the CEO of Akuo Energy, Eric Sotto, Akuo’s press release reads.

Yenni Andavani said the projects will target remote islands… Continue reading

Mauritius Sea Water Air Conditioning


The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) has approved a US $1-million project preparation grant at the end of December 2013 to support Sotravic Ltd. in the development and installation of the Sea Water Air Conditioning (SWAC) System in Mauritius, an innovative low-carbon technology that lowers building cooling costs using cold ocean water. It will thus contribute to an annual reduction of 40,000 tons of CO2 emissions, create 40 direct green jobs for skilled… Continue reading

OTEC testing in the Indian Ocean

Following the construction of an OTEC prototype by DCNS in Indian Ocean Island of La Reunion in May, 2012, three tests have recently been conducted been conducted.  DCNS is a naval defense company based in France.  The three configurations were tested by DCNS in collaboration with the University of Réunion Island’s Laboratory of Physical and Mathematical Engineering for Energy and the Environment focused on the configuration of the heat exchanger, specifically the evaporator,… Continue reading

French president talks OTEC for Reunion Island

According to L’Agence Régionale de l’Energie Réunion (ARER), the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, in a recent visit to the Reunion Island, set out a plan to make Reunion carbondioxide neutral by 2030. “Accompanied by M. Boissier, the corporate executive of the first European military shipbuilder DCNS, the French President appointed Reunion Island as the place of demonstration and experimentation for the OTEC.” This project is supposedly co-financed by the French government.

Coldwater pipe for Indian 1 MW OTEC barge ready

According to Silicon India the Indian Department of Ocean Development’s (DOD) OTEC project is ready to deploy a one kilometre deep cold water pipeline. The pipeline will be installed on a one megawatt barge mounted OTEC installation. DOD secretary Harsh K. Gupta said the one-kilometre-deep underwater pipeline is complete. The barge is ready “and the DOD technical team is only waiting for a fair weather window” to connect the line to the barge”.

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Guam OTEC numbers missleading

According to people who are familiar with the subject (but wanted to remain anonymous) the $1.5 billion quoted as US Navy OTEC work for Guam is essentially wrong. My sources said that they didn’t think it would be more than a tenth of that at most. Furthermore, nobody actually knows today where and if the US Navy actually will build any OTEC facilities. The feasibility studies may (or may not) lead to OTEC development at… Continue reading

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