Can the differences in the temperature of ocean water at different depths be tapped as an effective renewable energy source? A recent report funded by the U.S. Department of Energy suggests that new advances in technology may accomplish just that, with minimal environmental impact.
The technology is called Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion, OTEC for short. Demonstration projects have used large flows of warm tropical seawater from near the ocean’s surface and cold deep seawater to generate up to 270 kilowatts of electricity. But the OTEC facility examined in the study, operated by Lockheed Martin off of West Oahu,Read More