The ocean’s natural thermal gradient can provide an enormous alternative source of clean energy in tropical regions. Ocean Thermal Energy can be directly used for cooling, increasing overall energy efficiency and enabling enhanced production in different industries. The temperature difference between the warm surface water and cold deep seawater can be used to generate electricity by means of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC). Harnessing this energy provides a source of power free of CO2 and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Renewable and Reliable
The size and thermal stability of the Ocean ensures that it can provide a constant and renewable source of reliable baseload power. It provides a highly predictable energy source free of significant fluctuations, available day or night. Ocean Thermal Energy can assist in balancing other intermittent renewable sources.
Harnessing Ocean Thermal Energy provides tropical islands with valuable products like renewable electricity, cooling and potable drinking water. Additional industries (such as agriculture, aquaculture and others) can also benefit from the deep seawater and tropical environmental factors to produce higher value products at lower costs and benefitting from synergies and industrial symbiosis in compact clusters (Ecopark)