OTEC Africa is a combined aid and development project, concerning the use of Ocean
Thermal Energy Conversion technology. 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 can also
be used for cooling buildings, and for producing fish, clams, etc.
OTEC only works where the difference between the ocean surface and the deep water
is at least 25 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.
Read more about OTEC technology
(link to the OTEC Africa main web site)!