OTEC: Challenging the status quo

Engineer Jeke Pai, Dan Grech, Permanent Secretary Mr Taitusi Vakadravuyaca and Andreas Koall

The proponents of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) are hoping that the technology will finally get a foothold in the Pacific, following their recent mission to Fiji.

A Regional Energy and Transport Ministers’ meeting in Vanuatu in May this year committed to developing an ocean readiness programme to prepare their countries for future ocean renewable energy technologies.

The concept of ocean energy has been around for decades. In 1981, a land-based OTEC plant was tested in Nauru, but it was destroyed by a tropical storm. 

Then in 2019, a South Korean . . .

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