Renewable Energy From the Ocean: A Guide to OTEC by William H. Avery

Renewable Energy From the Ocean: A Guide to OTEC

byWilliam H. AveryEditorChih Wu

Hardcover | March 17, 1994

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Scientists and engineers around the world are striving to develop new sources of energy. One source, ocean thermal energy conversion, has virtually unlimited potential. It is based on techniques that exploit heat produced by solar energy that may, in turn, be used to produce fuel andelectricity. This book reviews the status and background of this promising technology. William H. Avery is the leading expert in this field, and his co-author Chih Wu is an authority on heat engine performance. Together they describe the workings of an OTEC power plant and how such a system mightbe implemented as part of a futuristic national energy strategy. The book is the only detailed presentation of basic OTEC technology, its testing and improvement. It is based on extensive development initiatives undertaken internationally during the period from 1974 through 1985. The book offers athorough assessment of the economics of OTEC in comparison with other energy production methods. It will be of interest to a wide range of professionals in energy research, power and mechanical engineering, and to upper-level undergraduate students taking courses in these fields.

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William H. Avery is at The Johns Hopkins University. Chih Wu is at U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis.
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Title:Renewable Energy From the Ocean: A Guide to OTECFormat:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.49 × 6.06 × 1.38 inPublished:March 17, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195071999

ISBN - 13:9780195071993

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Overview2. OTEC Historical Background3. OTEC System Concepts4. Closed Cycle OTEC Systems5. Open-Cycle OTEC6. OTEC Closed-Cycle Engineering Status7. OTEC Closed-Cycle Systems Cost Evaluation8. OTEC Economics9. Environmental and Social Effects of OTEC Commercialization

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"With the knowledge set forth in Renewable Energy from the Ocean and its bibliography, a 40-MWe seagoing pilot plant could be constructed...The authors provide extensive evidence that with experience costs of OTEC would be substantially reduced and that ultimately production of methanol andammonia by OTEC could be made cost-competitive." --Science