Gallery: Hawaii Could Be Ocean-Based Renewable Energy Powerhouse


Photo by Steve Jurvetson

Hawaii could be the ideal site for an experimental form of ocean-based renewable energy plants, according to researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) process utilizes temperate differences in large bodies of water to spin turbines, creating a steady source of renewable energy. The technology has been around for half a century, but the particular temperature differential between the Hawaiian Islands could produce 15% more energy than traditional OTEC plants.

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  1. john236 October 13, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Never heard of this development before but sounds like a great plan and they are definitely learning to build green.

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