Ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) uses the temperature difference between cooler deep water and warmer surface seawater to run a heat engine and produce useful work, usually in the form of electricity. OTEC is a base load electricity generation system, however, since the temperature differential is small, the thermal efficiency is low, making its economic feasibility a challenge. Since the first OTEC plant was built in 1930, extensive efforts have been made to commercialize this technology, without significant economic success.
24/7 Solar Energy - Cheaper Than Fossil Fuel
SEAOTEC solves the problems which limit the efficiency of OTEC by heating the intake water to over 185 degrees F using a unique flexible floating solar collector. This reduces water intake by a factor of 10, and increases high side pressure by a factor of 20. SEAOTEC need not use a mile long 30 foot diameter cooling pipe, since it uses surface water to condense steam. This allows the system to be scaled from 10 KW to 100 MW, allowing it to provide power and water to underserved areas. Small SEAOTEC systems can generate a profit in developing countries while remaining carbon neutral
SEAOTEC promises 24/7 generation of electric power and desalinated water at market competitive rates, while cooling planet earth.