Solar energy conversion using an ocean-driven heat engine occupies a special place on the systems engineering horizon. In addition to the concept's proven technical feasibility, conditions in the field of OTEC research are such that systems innovations can be readily and profitably implemented. A team led by TRW Systems Group has synthesized a baseline design for an ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) plant of 100-MWe output, with initial cost of $2100/KW delivered at the busbar, a cost that could be reduced considerably through the application of new technology and proposed refinements in baseline subsystems. It has been projected that a per-kilowatt cost of $1100 for a functioning OTEC plant could be realized within the next two decades if a vigorous research and development program is carried out.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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    New York, NY  United States  10019
  • Authors:
    • Douglass Jr, R H
    • Bakstad, P J
  • Publication Date: 1978-1

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 18-23
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00172108
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Journal of Hydronautics
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1978 12:00AM