The U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration has established an objective to conduct a commercial demonstration of the Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) concept in 1984. Lockheed has been a major contributor in this field since 1974. This paper discusses the ERDA program plan leading to the demonstration, some commercialization considerations, and two of the major steps in the plan--OTEC-1 and OTEC-100. Also discussed are cycle efficiencies and several key marine technology issues. These include biofouling and its potential impact on heat exchanger performance, the cold water pipe--OTEC's major ocean structure--and the heavy marine construction aspects of an OTEC plant.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Third Annual Combined Conference, Oceans '77, held October 17-19, 1977, Los Angeles.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

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    Marine Technology Society

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  • Authors:
    • Rudiger Jr, C E
    • Smith, L O
  • Publication Date: 1977

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 7 p.
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 2

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00173295
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 77CH1272-4 OEC Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 26 1978 12:00AM