Gallery: World’s Largest Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Plant Planned ...


Lockheed Martin just announced plans to partner with the Reignwood Group to construct the world’s largest Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) plant off the coast of southern China. The OTEC process—which uses the temperature difference between the cold waters of the deep ocean and warm surface waters to generate electricity—is nothing new, but few facilities have ever been constructed. The floating pilot plant will generate 10MW of electricity – enough to power the Reignwood Group’s planned net-zero energy resort on the nearby mainland.

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  1. RE wonk April 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    FYI, there is no existing commercial OTEC plant. Prototype plants have been built in Hawaii, but if this goes through, it would be the first commercial plant in the world.

  2. Edward Kerr April 26, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I just wonder how much faster our move to clean energy would be if we invested as much money into technologies like OTEC as we do to building more coal plants?

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