Ocean thermal energy conversion is a technology that captures energy from the ocean’s natural thermal gradient. The captured energy powers a turbine generator that produces electricity.
Ocean thermal energy conversion is ideal for areas of the world that are near oceans with warm surface waters and cold deep waters. These ocean waters have a large temperature gradient that is constantly cycled. The temperature difference can be used to drive a steam cycle that then converts the captured steam into power. This process functions as a baseload power generation system that provides a renewable energy source that is safe for the environment and can generate power on a continuous basis.