The Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit is being held this week in Honolulu, and part of this gathering features the International OTEC Symposium on Monday and Tuesday. Sponsors are:
The opening keynote was provided by a very energetic Governor Neil Abercrombie:
Abercrombie's talk was well covered in the Star Advertiser. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz came via video and a group of Department of Defense representatives gave very supportive presentations. I noticed that the three Hawaii Public Utilities Commissioners (click on this link to find out who they are) were sitting behind me:
They are Michael Champley, Chairwoman Hermina Morita and Lorraine Akiba. I had long chats with them. Regarding the upcoming liquid natural gas issue, I expressed opinions that the $1 billion cost would mean we would be stuck with the infrastructure, plus, I was worried about escalating prices in five to ten years. First, Commissioner Champley indicated that the investment would be closer to half a billion, and, second, that they needed to take a hard look at the potential. That makes sense
- Barry Cole, OTI, "OTEC as an Economic Engine"
- Emmanuel Brochard, DCNS, “The DCNS OTEC Roadmap for France”
- Mario Marasigan, REMB, “Philippines Government Policies for OTEC Development”
- Paul Dinnissen, OTEC Foundation, “OTEC: A Collaborative Effort”
- Desiree Latimer, Bell Pirie Power Corporation
Robert Varley (left above), Lockheed Martin
- Ted Johnson (right), Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation
Eileen O’Rourke (left), OTEC International LLC
- Stephen Kibbee, SBM Offshore
- Shin Okamura, Xenesys
Speakers from academic institutions and the private sector will present analytical work and computer modeling that has led to estimates of the ocean thermal resource for the sustainable global application of OTEC along with the potential environmental impact of operations. A field program designed to monitor the ocean conditions prior and during operations of the Honolulu Sea Water Air Conditioning (SWAC) system will be discussed along with preliminary measurements.
Global OTEC potential is 14TW (coincidentally, same as energy used today)
Effect should be minor.
Study is continuing.