Energy 2.0

Benefits of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion

Posted on: June 23, 2008

OTEC’s economic benefits:

· Helps produce fuels such as hydrogen, ammonia, and methanol

· Produces base load electrical energy

· Produces desalinated water for industrial, agricultural, and residential uses

· Is a resource for on-shore and near-shore mariculture operations

· Provides air-conditioning for buildings

· Provides moderate-temperature refrigeration

· Has significant potential to provide clean, cost-effective electricity for the future.

OTEC’s non economic benefits

· Promotes competitiveness and international trade

· Enhances energy independence and energy security

· Promotes international sociopolitical stability

· Has potential to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions resulting from burning fossil

  fuels.

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