OTEC – Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion – The Seldom Mentioned Technology

Ocean Temperature

There are several OTEC projects in the works around the world.

According to the 2014 JRC Ocean Energy Report, they estimate that between 30,000 and 90,000 TW/h per year of power would be extractable without having negative impacts on the thermal characteristics of our oceans.

Ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) is a technology that captures energy from the temperature difference between cooler deep ocean water and warmer shallow ocean water and uses that energy to produce electricity.

The first OTEC plant was a 50 KW plant than was first operational in 1978. Now there are several plants being designed. See the chart below.

OTEC Projects

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How OTEC Works

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Here is a video about OTEC

 

 


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