What is ocean thermal energy conversion?


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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.

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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.

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