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Title: Environmental impacts of ocean thermal energy conversion

Ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) is a promising technology for production of energy and usable by-products from solar-generated temperature gradients in the world's oceans. Although considered benign compared to alternative forms of energy generation, deployment of OTEC plants will result in interactions with marine, terrestrial, and atmospheric environments and in socioeconomic interactions with surrounding areas. The Ocean Energy Technology Program of the Department of Energy has funded research to improve the understanding of these interactions. No insurmountable environmental obstacle to OTEC deployment has been uncovered. This document contains a summary of that research for entrepreneurs, utility engineers, and others interested in pursuing OTEC's potential. In addition, it provides a guide to permits, regulations, and licenses applicable to construction of an OTEC plant.
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5863086
Report Number(s):
SERI/SP-271-2796
ON: DE85012168
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-83CH10093
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
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Research Org:
Solar Energy Research Inst., Golden, CO (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; OCEAN THERMAL POWER PLANTS; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; OCEAN THERMAL ENERGY CONVERSION; CONVERSION; ENERGY CONVERSION; POWER PLANTS; SOLAR ENERGY CONVERSION; SOLAR POWER PLANTS; THERMAL POWER PLANTS 140800* -- Solar Energy-- Ocean Energy Systems