Design and Construction of an Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Test Plant

[+] Author and Article Information
L. C. Trimble, R. L. Potash

Lockheed Ocean Systems, P.O. Box 504, Sunnyvale, Calif. 94086

J. Sol. Energy Eng 102(1), 41-46 (Feb 01, 1980) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3266120 History: Received September 24, 1979; Online November 11, 2009


Mini-OTEC, shown in Fig. 1, is the first at-sea, closed-loop Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) system using surface and deep seawater to generate electric power. The Mini-OTEC cycle is installed on a moored barge incorporating the cold water pipe (CWP) in the single anchor leg. The design seawater temperature difference (ΔT) of 36°F provides thermal resource for a gross power output of 50 kW. This paper presents an overview of the Mini-OTEC project, including a description of the power plant, control system, instrumentation, and CWP mooring system.

Copyright © 1980 by ASME
Your Session has timed out. Please sign back in to continue.





Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Related Journal Articles
Related eBook Content
Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In