Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) is a marine renewable energy technology that harnesses the solar energy absorbed by the oceans. The sun’s heat warms the surface water a lot more than the deep ocean water, which creates the ocean’s naturally available temperature gradient, or thermal energy. OTEC converts this year-round available thermal energy into baseload electricity.
The world deals with an energy crisis. Many vulnerable regions suffer from the high and volatile oil price in combination with a heavy reliance on oil. Besides economic concerns, greenhouse gas emissions created by burning fossil fuels are creating a climate crisis as well. Never has the need been greater to transition to a clean, renewable energy use and this time, it will not go away. This is the time OTEC may come to fruition.