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Thursday, 14 April 2011

Tropical idea: Ocean thermal energy conversion

The Engineer
April 11, 2011

Technology that taps into the solar energy stored in seawater may prove to be a valuable source of power

 Thanks to the development of systems that can harvest energy from its waves, tides and currents, the ocean is viewed as in increasingly valuable source of power. But according to the proponents of technology that exploits the sea’s ability to trap solar energy, we haven’t seen anything yet.

The technology, Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC), could, they say, transform the way we use energy, allowing us to supply huge quantities of non-polluting, baseload power. It could also help desalinate water and provide refrigeration to local communities.


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