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ABS Grants Approval in Principle for Floating OTEC Electric Power Generation Plant

ABS, the leading provider of classification services to the global offshore industry, has granted approval in principle (AIP) to Maryland-based OTEC International LLC (OTI) for its 5–7 megawatt ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) Floating Power Plant (FPP). The FPP is designed to generate consistent electrical power for a commercial utility grid in the world’s tropical and sub-tropical zones.

The FPP design uses seawater to turn solar energy into power in a process known as OTEC.… Continue reading

3rd International OTEC symposium

Following the successful OTEC symposium in Hawaii and Korea, the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia will host this years International OTEC Symposium. The 2-day Symposium will be held on September 1st and 2nd 2015, back-to-back to the 2015 International Conference on Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technology (ICFCHT 2015) at the same venue in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

An Exhibition on OTEC, Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and SmartGrid will also be held at the same venue throughout… Continue reading

A Tribute to an Ancient Mariner

In Memory of Dr. John Pina Craven

When the editor of OTEC News asked me if I would like to write an article in memory of Dr. John Pina Craven, I jumped at the opportunity and said, “Yes of course”. Having closely known Dr. Craven during my 35 year working career at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) I felt honored and qualified to be given the opportunity to celebrate the… Continue reading

Seawater cooling project in La Réunion funded with €150m

The French island La Réunion is to receive €150m funding to deploy a seawater cooling project to power its air-conditioning,  announced Monday, October 27.

The project will involve the construction and operation of a system to draw cold water at 5°C from a depth of 1,000m from the Indian Ocean and supply public and private facilities on the 2,500km² island. These include the regional hospital, university and the industrial and commercial areas of the… Continue reading

IRENA Evaluates Four Ocean Energy Technologies

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has published a series of technology papers exploring the potential for power generation and other sustainable applications from ocean energy. The papers cover the main features and current status of four technology types: tidal energy; wave energy; ocean thermal energy conversion; and salinity gradient energy.

IRENA-OTECbrief-coverDescribing ocean thermal energy conversion as having the highest potential of all ocean energy technologies, the respective Brief notes that:… Continue reading

2nd OTEC Symposium proceedings

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The International OTEC Symposium 2014 was held from June 20 to June 21, 2014 in Goseong, Korea. Seawater Utilization Plant Research Center (SUPRC) of Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering (KRISO) hosted the symposium to share all valuable information on OTEC from academic and industrial sectors. About 50 OTEC experts from all over the world including Malaysia, USA, Japan, Netherlands, Fiji, Ghana and Korea have participated in the symposium giving brilliant… Continue reading

20,000 megawatts under the sea

New Scientist published an article about the many promises of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC), and the need and increasing momentum for OTEC to become part of the 21st century’s renewable energy mix, including a nice visual overview of OTEC projects  getting under way around the world:

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