A QUANTITATIVE EVALUATION OF CLOSED CYCLE OCEAN THERMAL ENERGY CONVERSION (OTEC) TECHNOLOGY IN CENTRAL STATION APPLICATIONS

This just-completed study explores the cost and engineering uncertainties associated with tapping the ocean's vast store of solar energy to produce electricity. The report examines a new and rather unique technique of energy conversion involving exploitation of the temperature difference in tropical and subtropical oceans between warm surface waters and cold bottom waters in order to operate a thermodynamic cycle capable of generation in a typical plant--in effect, a huge floating ocean platform--400 megawatts of electricity, or approximately enough power to handle the electricity needs of 500,000 homes.

  • Corporate Authors:

    RAND Corporation

    1776 Main Street, P.O. Box 2138
    Santa Monica, CA  United States  90407-2138
  • Authors:
    • Gritton, E C
  • Publication Date: 1980-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 126 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00323247
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: R-2595-DOE
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1981 12:00AM