A Jet Condenser for Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion

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H. J. Richter, G. B. Wallis

Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. 03755

J. Sol. Energy Eng 104(3), 153-157 (Aug 01, 1982) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3266296 History: Received October 15, 1981; Online November 11, 2009


A novel idea to use a jet condenser for Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) plants is presented here. The jet condenser offers the advantage of a relatively simple device. It consists of a mixing section where the partially evaporated warm water and the cold water mix and condensation takes place. After the complete condensation, the water stream is employed to drive a water turbine. The basic thermodynamic principles are evaluated. Introducing realistic efficiencies for the jet condenser, about 20 to 25 percent of the available energy can possibly be expected to be converted into mechanical energy.

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