Sunday, June 04, 2006

OTEC on a roll

The renewable power system called Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC), which was suggested in The Millennial Project as part of our future renewable energy systems, may have rediscovered the traction in the mind and market which it lost in the mid 80s. According to several recent news articles contracts for OTEC plants have been signed to be built in Hawaii (1.2 MW gross/800 kW net), Grand Cayman (10 MW?) and for the U.S. military (13 MW gross), possibly located at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. The 13-megawatt military plant will produce a net of 8.2 megawatts plus 1.25 million gallons of fresh water a day.

Beyond this, authorities in Saipan, Taiwan, Mauritius, India, Antigua & Barbuda and Japan are all looking to OTEC for some of their future renewable energy. To find out more check out OTECnews.

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