23 May '11, 1pm

Military Sets Its Sights on Sustainability

Military Sets Its Sights on Sustainability

One of the most unusual projects the military is looking at is a scheme to use temperature differences between warm surface waters and deep, cold water to generate power. The idea behind what is known as Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) technology is not new but the military has hired Lockheed Martin to develop it at a time when commercial development of the technology has stalled due to the relatively high cost of extraction and the relatively low levels of power produced. The military is optimistic that the technology can eventually be refined to work more efficiently - a gamble that a commercial operator would probably be unwilling or unable to contemplate. The military also favours OTEC because it could eventually guarantee a constant baseload power supply, unlike variable solar and wind.

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2011...

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