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Ocean thermal energy could generate 5 megawatts

PAPEÉTE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, August 12, 2009) - A company specializing in Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) has met government officials Monday in Papeéte, saying a 5 megawatt unit could be built in French Polynesia.

French Polynesia President Oscar Temaru and some of his top advisors met representatives from Pacific OTEC company.

Pacific OTEC is linked to the Japanese company Xenesys.

OTEC is a technology to generate electric power by converting thermal energy accumulated in the ocean.

[PIR editor’s note: Ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) uses the difference in temperature between the warm surface of the ocean and the cold ocean depths to generate electricity. The technology has been largely developed at The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority.]

The energy sources are ocean water only. The system doesn’t consume any fossil fuel such as oil or natural gas.

Ministry for Energy advisors will now proceed to a detailed survey of the project.

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