Browsing ocean thermal energy conversion

The short-term application of OTEC will be for land-based or floating inshore plants providing services to a local community, with power possibly supplied to a grid system. However most OTEC potential is far offshore. This could be exploited by browsing OTEC plants, which cruise the oceans looking for the hottest surface water temperatures. Such plants would not be able to transfer electricity directly to land. However they could generate hydrogen and potable water, both of which could be stored for later transportation to land. Current costs would not make this economically practical today.

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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