Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion is a concept by which power is generated in a cycle operating with ocean surface water as a heat source and deep ocean water as a heat sink. It requires large volume flows per unit power output but consumes no fuel and produces no environmentally negative by-products. The fossil fuel shortages of the last several years, coupled with increasing environmental concerns, have emphasized the necessity for serious study and early application of new power systems. Ocean Thermal Energy must be recognized as one of the most cost effective candidates available. Furthermore OTEC can become a significant contributor to the energy scene in the short term (i.e., prior to 1985) if the proper decisions are made. This paper offers a review of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented before the Philadelphia Section of SNAME, March 18, 1977.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  United States  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • Elsert, R M
  • Publication Date: 1977-3

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 21 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00164843
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 29 1977 12:00AM