A small scale, affordable OTEC unit, suitable for remote sites where onshore developments are not possible.
This Single Offshore Unit is anticipated to be of great value to many people, because it is ground breaking when it comes to cost, scale, and feasibility.
There is no better way to arrange an OTEC system than the Offshore OTEC unit; because it has the lowest possible size, it is the most manageable physically. The great advantage for these Offshore units is that they only require 750-1000 meters of hose, because the hose is held vertically.
What about transmission costs?
A possible drawback is the transmission distance; however, we found that distances to the OTEC resource of as much as 15 km are in-fact totally viable with just a few units; therefore, most of the islands in the Maldives, Caribbean, and Pacific, could use these OTEC units effectively, because the cost is appropriate. Because groups of units can be installed together, a better return on the transmission investment is possible; since transmission costs do not necessarily change with an increase in power, more units mean more revenue or savings to offset against the transmission investment.
What about the cost of damage and repair?
The unit itself is held under the surface at a depth where the unit is subjected to forces like those found in a car wash; even in large storms therefore there is little need to worry about damage.
One great thing about this technology is the low cost and simplicity of the parts; indeed; these units could sink to the bottom of the Ocean, and only the power electronics would be damaged. Only a handful of parts require waterproofing; the motor, inverter, and pumps, for example. The heat exchangers are the most expensive part, but they are robust with 30 year operating lifetimes, therefore for a buyer there is little need to worry about the cost of damage and repair to this system; the system can be serviced very simply and the parts and low cost and easy to replace.
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