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Sea Power - OTEC
Alex Steffen, 17 Jan 04

Vinay offers us some great leads on ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC). OTEC uses the temperature differences between deep cold water and warm shallow water to create power. It's still more theory than practice, but the possibilities are pretty wild - including the use of "large, grazing plantships to produce hydrogen, ammonia, and methanol" or desalinization plants that'd combine energy production, clean water generation and fishfarming. Worth keeping an eye on....

(Thanks, Vinay!)

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To be fair, OTEC is a bit further along that this blog entry suggests: successful pilot plants in sevaral nations.

http://xenesys.com/english/otec/index.html

and

http://www.hawaii.gov/dbedt/ert/otec-nelha/otechist.html

Have more details on what's actually been achived.


Posted by: Vinay on 17 Jan 04

Talking about "wild".

There is also Marshall T. SavageŽs proposal to build self-contained extra-national floating cities ("Aquarius") around a core of OTEC-plants.

(Outlined in the book "The Millenial Project")

This would start with a ship-based OTEC used to generate the electricity for accretion of "seacrete" http://ww2.green-trust.org:8383/seacrete.htm to build the actual settlement.

The ideas from the book are carried on at the moment for example by http://www.luf.org. Lots of material there.


Posted by: Björn van der Meer on 18 Jan 04

It's interesting to consider how this might affect ecosystems.


Posted by: Taran on 18 Jan 04



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