WHAT IS OTEC
Did you know that we can use the natural temperature difference in the tropical area of the ocean to create electricity day and night all year round?
Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) harnesses the power of the ocean to provide a continuous, cost-effective supply of clean energy. It possesses significant environmental advantages over fossil fuels and nuclear power; requires less land than renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind, biomass and hydroelectric power; and has the potential to produce far more useful and affordable energy than could be generated from other renewable sources.
Watch the video below to learn more:
Using animation and motion graphics, this video highlights how OTEC will change the energy scenery in tropical islands. Currently powered by fossil fuels, these nations also face the highest electricity costs compared to the rest of the world. OTEC surges as a great alternative for their renewable energy transition.
This educational video is the result of a cooperation between Global OTEC, environmentalist Kane Baker, of the George F. Baker Trust Foundation and Schoolyard Films.
History of OTEC
The idea of creating energy from the temperature differences between the surface and deeper levels of the ocean isn’t new. In fact, the idea is over 140 years old. Decades of research and development in the lab have already been undertaken.
Global OTEC aims to transform the future of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion and believes success is possible with collaboration between the public and private sectors. The company plans to standardise as much of the OTEC platform as possible so it can be mass-produced for the widest deployment possible. Over the last five years, our team has designed a series of small floating OTEC concepts to serve small island nations. An agreement was signed with SIDS DOCK in 2021 to pilot a 1.5-megawatt barge in São Tomé and Príncipe. The success of this project will show the rest of the world how diesel fuel can be replaced with clean ocean energy and will allow Global OTEC to scale up to more and larger barges in the coming years.
OTec is viable in over a 100 territories around the globe
The OTEC technology is viable primarily in the tropical, equatorial regions of the world, where the year-round ocean temperature difference is at least 20 degrees Celsius. This area comprises over a hundred territories, with a resource estimated to be equivalent to more than 7 terawatts.
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