Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Plant Being Set Up in Lakshadweep

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National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), is setting up an ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) plant with a capacity of 65 kW at Kavaratti Lakshadweep.

What is an Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) Plant?

  • OTEC is a process or technology for energy production using the temperature difference (thermal gradient) between sea surface water and deep ocean water.

  • The energy of the sun heats the surface water of the ocean.

  • In tropical regions, surface waters can be warmer than deeper waters.

  • This temperature difference can be used to generate electricity and to desalinate sea water.

  • In recent times, high electricity costs, growing concerns for global warming, and a political commitment to energy security have made OTEC commercialization economically attractive in tropical island communities where a high percentage of electricity generation is oil-based.

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