1986 Max Jakob Memorial Award Lecture: Heat Transfer Research for Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion

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F. Kreith

University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309

D. Bharathan

Solar Energy Research Institute, Golden, CO 80401

J. Heat Transfer 110(1), 5-22 (Feb 01, 1988) (18 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3250473 History: Received October 13, 1987; Online October 20, 2009


In this lecture an overview of the heat and mass-transfer phenomena of importance in ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) is presented with particular emphasis on open-cycle OTEC systems. Also included is a short historical review of OTEC developments in the past century and a comparison of open and closed-cycle thermodynamics. Finally, results of system analyses, showing the effect of plant size on cost and the near-term potential of using OTEC for combined power production and desalination systems, are briefly discussed.

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