Mar Ad Releases Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Report

The Maritime Administration has released a technical report which discusses the maritime and construction aspects of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) plant ships as a promising means of helping alleviate national energy problems, contributing to a more favorable balance of payments, and providing new employment opportunities in the maritime and related industries.

A tropical-grazing OTEC plant ship would use the temperature difference between the warm surface waters near the equator and the colder waters one-half mile below to drive a heat engine to produce electric power that would be converted into an energyintensive product aboard ship.

The study, performed by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, indicates that OTEC offers greater promise than fossil and nuclear power, and recommends that high priority be placed on the development of OTEC plant ships.

The report, "Investment in Commercial Development of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) Plant Ships," is available from the National Technical Information Service, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, Va. 22161.

The order number is PB 280922/ AS, and the price is $8.

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