Pacific Ocean

100 kilowatt turbine-generator for Kona test facility

Today, Makai Ocean Engineering issued a press release announcing two endeavors in assisting the Navy to reach its alternative energy goals. The first is the design, planning and procurement of a 100-kilowatt turbine-generator for the Hawai’i Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) Test Facility. The second project includes the installation and operation of this turbine-generator, as well as the design and testing of two new OTEC heat exchangers. “Makai Ocean Engineering is committed to… Continue reading

Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning to Begin Construction of Largest Seawater District Cooling System

Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning (HSAC) will utilize ocean thermal energy technology to provide air conditioning to as many as 40 large commercial buildings in the downtown area of Kakaako, Honolulu.  The deep seawater infrastructure with a rated cooling capacity of 25.000 tons will cool up to 40% of the urban area on the island of Oahu. With a budget of $250 million dollars, the construction will begin shortly. Multiple companies have already signed contracts… Continue reading

OTEC potential on the Philippines

An interesting article was recently published by the Manilla Bulletin Publishing Corporation.

Due to its geographical position near the equator, the use of ocean thermal energy can be very interesting in the seas and streets of the Philippines. Currently, the UK company Energy Island Bell Pirie Ltd. is planning to construct a 10-megawatt closed-cycle OTEC facility in Cabangan, Philippines as a pilot project. Ms. Latimer, director of Energy Island Bell Pirie, emphasized that OTEC has… Continue reading

Draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed 1MWe demonstration plant at NELHA

OTEC International has published the Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) for the proposed one megawatt demonstration plant at NELHA’s Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology (HOST) Park at Keahole, Hawaii Island. The assessment which has been prepared at the request of NELHA, looks at the environmental implications at the facility’s proposed site. The comment period is open till August 22, 2012.

The proposed 1MWe OTEC facility will serve as a test platform for

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

Feasibility study for an OTEC plant on Guam

The Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation has received a $50.000 grant, which will be used to conduct a feasibility study on the economic and technical aspects of running an OTEC plant on Guam. This grant has been given by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and is in line with the Guam Bill 166, which states that each utility that sells electricity for consumption on Guam must increase its share of renewable energy of its… Continue reading


The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) has published an RFI seeking submissions from firms and or government agencies interested in developing a 1 megawatt Ocean Thermal Energy (OTEC) project at its 870 acre Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology (HOST Park) in Kailua-Kona on the Island of Hawaii.

Interestingly enough, the RFI was published on 30 September 2011, all questions must be answered by 14 October and the submission must be in by… Continue reading

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