Energy from the Sea

Baker, Jessica B.
July 2006
Technology Review;Jul2006, Vol. 109 Issue 3, p96
The article focuses on the ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC), an idea invoked by William F. Whitmore in the October 1978 issue of "Technology Review." Test facilities in tropical waters demonstrated the feasibility of OTEC. A plant would have to produce between 50 and 100 megawatts in order to be commercially viable. Test director Luis Vega says developing such plants would require patient financing. He believes a commercial-scale OTEC would be viable and operate at six to eight cents per kilowatt-hour.


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