OTEC Africa is an organization promoting the use of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion
technology (OTEC) to help developing countries establishing a sound infrastructure.
OTEC is a hundred-year-old but little known clean technology for extracting energy
from sea water. In addition to producing electricity, the sea water running through
an OTEC facility becomes desalinated, and can produce thousands of cubic meters
of fresh water every day.
OTEC plants are quite large and per design they harvest electrical energy. Therefore, it may be advantageous to use OTEC in combination with other marine energy solutions, such as wind power or wave power.
In short, the OTEC method can be described as follows: Platforms are placed on or
near a coastline with warm surface water, where cold deep-sea water is pumped to
the surface using long pipes. It is then possible to transform the difference in
heat energy to electricity through the use of turbines.
OTEC only works where the difference between the ocean surface and the deep water
is at least 20 degrees Celsius, and for this reason countries near the equator benefit
the most from the use of OTEC. Industrialized countries/regions having use for OTEC
include Japan, Southern USA, and India.
OTEC would be of even more value to several developing countries in Africa, such
as Tanzania, Kenya, and the Western Africa region. Therefore, OTEC Africa invites
representatives from governments and aid institutions, from the construction and
energy industries, and from the research community to make OTEC technology well-known
and used in both developing and industrialized countries.
Welcome to this web site where you can read more about this promising, pollution-free