DEVELOPMENT OF OCEAN THERMAL ENERGY CONVERSION (OTEC) TECHNOLOGY07 Jul 2009
The U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) recently awarded Lockheed Martin an $8.12 million contract to further develop Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) technology, which leverages the temperature difference between warmer water at the ocean’s surface and colder water below to produce renewable and reliable power. Under the contract, SST will work with a Lockheed Martin-led industry team to develop critical OTEC system components and further mature its design for an OTEC pilot plant, an incremental step in developing large-scale utility plants. A key part of maturing the plant design includes developing an interface between the system’s cold water pipe and the platform.