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Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion

In general, OTEC systems use heat from warm surface waters to vaporize a fluid (such as ammonia), which as its expands is passed through a turbine for the production of electricity. Then the vapor is chilled with water taken from the colder depths and thereby converted back to a fluid to begin the cycle again.

Artist's conception of an OTEC system (from 1978). This particular unit would be capableof generating 160 megawatts of electricity.
artist conception of an OTEC system

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