The Coming Age of Shortages: Can America Last Another 200 Years (remember, we were 200 years old that year)?" and Zener, a Stanford graduate and theoretical physics, brought academic credibility to this technology.
If there is an ending, it was not attached.
Jules Verne suggested the concept of ocean thermal energy conversion in "20 Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" in 1870, although Jacques d'Arsonva (left) in 1881 was credited with this idea, and his student Georges Claude (right--what a life, as he did succeed in inventing neon lights, developed liquid chlorine as a weapon in World War 1 and was convicted of collaborating with the Nazis in WW II, spending some time in jail) only failed, a couple of times, in attempting to make it work. However, the French invented this technology.
In 1979 I found myself on the staff of U.S. Senator Spark Matsunaga when Jim Wenzel of Lockheed succeeded in producing net positive OTEC on Mini-OTEC (net 18kW) off Keahole Point, Hawaii.
The original OTEC legislation, which I helped draft, immediately passed Congress and was signed into law. The Act indicates that 10,000 MW of OTEC might be operating by 1999 (in case you were wondering, today, zero MW).
The Dow Jones Industrials are sinking, down 199 to 12,302, with world markets also almost all decreasing. Can't believe debt fears are jangling nerves. Gold fell $8/toz to $1614 and the NYMEX crude is at $97/barrel, with the Brent Spot at $118/barrel.
Tropical Storm Don in the Gulf of Mexico should not become a hurricane and is headed for Texas, while Typhoon Nock-Ten killed 20 in the Philippines, weakened, then strengthened back into a typhoon and is headed for northern Hainan Island.