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Technical Readiness of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)

Technical Readiness of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)

Full Title:  Technical Readiness of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)
Author(s):  J. Cunningham, Z. Magdol, N. Kinner
Publisher(s):   National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Publication Date: November 1, 2009
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Description (excerpt):

As the primary licensing agency, NOAA OCRM sponsored these workshops, developed the agenda and workshop goals, and were integral in the synthesis of information obtained from the workshop.

The first workshop, held in November, 2009 at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH, aimed to assess the technical readiness of key components of OTEC technology. This report provides a qualitative analysis of the technical readiness of seven key components of OTEC technology: cold water pipe, platform/pipe interface, heat exchangers, platform, pumps and turbines, power cable, and platform mooring. The report is designed to serve as a resource for NOAA OCRM and governmental decision makers, as well as the OTEC community to summarize the current state of technical readiness and identify key research needs.

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