OTEC-AN EMERGING PROGRAM OF SIGNIFICANCE TO THE MARINE COMMUNITY
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.
- Third Annual Combined Conference, Oceans '77, held October 17-19, 1977, Los Angeles.
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- Rudiger Jr, C E
- Smith, L O
- Publication Date: 1977
- Features: References;
- Pagination: 7 p.
- Volume: 2
- TRT Terms: Antifouling coatings; Economic efficiency; Electric power plants; Energy conversion; Heat exchangers; Oceans; Offshore power plants; Structural design; Testing; Thermal power generation
- Old TRIS Terms: Power plant design; Power plant efficiency; Power plant testing
- Subject Areas: Economics; Marine Transportation;
- 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