Major steps forward for renewable Ocean Thermal Energy in Curaçao

Apr 10, 2012




Delft, Netherlands, April 10, 2012

Press release

Major steps forward for renewable Ocean Thermal Energy in Curaçao

  • Curaçao Airport Holding N.V. and Bluerise B.V. sign MoU for OTEC Power Purchase Agreement
  • Bluerise B.V. unveils its OTEC Advanced Research and Demonstration Prototype

Delft, Netherlands, April 10, 2012

As part of the opening ceremony of Bluerise’s OTEC Advanced Research and Demonstration Prototype at the Delft University of Technology, Curaçao Airport Holding N.V. (CAH) and Bluerise B.V. have signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to further strengthen their cooperation in realizing an Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) plant.

Under the projected PPA, Bluerise will sell power to CAH and CAH will make available cold water from its Sea Water Airconditioning (SWAC) system to be used in Bluerise’ OTEC plant.

“We are happy to see that OTEC, being a key element of our envisioned Ecopark, is getting closer to reality”, says Mr. Maurice Adriaens, Managing Director of Curacao Airport Holding, “The progress showed today confirms that together with Bluerise we are on the right track in realizing our plans to use Ocean Energy.”

“This MoU and our prototype reflect the substantial progress we have made as a startup company over the last months”, says Remi Blokker, CEO of Bluerise, “Combined with the synergetic advantages of other deep seawater technologies, as outlined in our Ecopark design, we firmly believe that OTEC will prove to be a very attractive and essential part of future island energy systems, with its baseload and low cost electricity production.”

Simon Kloppenburg, Advisor Airport Development at Curacao Airport Holding says, “CAH is currently working on a concession as an Independent Power Producer. Our aim is to become self-sufficient with a focus on using renewable energy sources. OTEC, with its baseload capacity is an ideal match for us, particularly because it can be coupled with our SWAC system that is currently under development. ”

“With the official commissioning of our OTEC Advanced Research and Demonstration Prototype at Delft University of Technology we have reached a significant milestone”, says Berend Jan Kleute, co-founder and CTO of Bluerise, “The technical team has done a tremendous job and we look forward to the next step, scaling up for our Curaçao plant. By using a non-azeotropic working fluid, our plant has a much improved efficiency and hence lower cost of produced power compared to standard ORC-based OTEC systems”

About Curaçao Airport Holding N.V.

Curaçao Airport Holding, as owner of the airport premises, is officially responsible for overseeing the Curaçao airport operator (CAP) and its adherence to the standards and agreements set forth in the agreement signed with the government of Curaçao. Curaçao Airport Holding is also responsible for the Development of the Airport City; this concerns a total of 450 ha of land adjacent to the airport which has the potential to become a sophisticated service hub predominantly for the (growing) Northern Latin-American market. Curaçao Airport Holding sees Curaçao International Airport as a ‘Hub’, connecting the Americas, transforming from an airstrip into an Airport City; a dynamic environment attracting aviation and non-aviation linked businesses of all types, stimulating and facilitating the increase of passengers and cargo traffic and creating a powerful engine for the necessary economic development of Curaçao.

About Bluerise B.V.

Bluerise is a technology provider in the emerging Ocean Thermal Energy market. Ocean Thermal Energy, with its low-cost, baseload generation capabilities, its huge potential and the possibility to generate electricity, cooling, drinking water and fuels, is on its way to become one of the leading renewable energy sources. Bluerise is closely affiliated with the Delft University of Technology and is member of the European Ocean Energy Association (EU-OEA) and the Dutch Energy from Water Association (EWA).

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