Quantitative Evaluation of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)

Executive Briefing

by Eugene C. Gritton, Richard Y. Pei, Ron Hess

Download

Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 1.5 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

Purchase

Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback52 pages $20.00 $16.00 20% Web Discount

Documentation of a briefing summarizing the results of an independent quantitative evaluation by The RAND Corporation of ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) for central station applications. OTEC uses the temperature difference between the warm surface waters of the ocean and the cold water from the depths to drive a power system which generates electricity. The electrical power is transmitted to shore by an ocean cable system. The authors' evaluation of OTEC is based on resource availability, technical feasibility, and cost. They find that the thermal resources in the Gulf of Mexico may yield tens of GWe in generation capacity, that OTEC appears most competitive in regions highly dependent on imported oil, that no one component drives system cost and thus it is unlikely that a single component breakthrough will result in a dramatic cost reduction, and that the cold water pipe and cable systems require increased R&D to establish feasibility.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered and complete. Copies may not be duplicated for commercial purposes. Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. RAND PDFs are protected under copyright law. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.