The principle of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) is based on harnessing the difference in temperature in tropical waters between the surface water, which is at about 25°C, and water at depth, which is at 5°C at a depth of 1,000 metres. This temperature difference allows the continuous production of electricity. In the medium term, OTEC will contribute to addressing the growing electricity needs of regions located in the tropics and ensuring their future energy independence. In effect, this innovative solution is a green alternative to so-called “fossil” energy sources (gas, coal), which are still massively used on isolated sites, not connected to the continental electricity networks.
NEMO floating power plant is expected to have the capacity of 16MW, consisting of four moudules. The net power output of the plant is estimated to be between 10.5 and 11MW, enough to power 35,000 households. It will be located 7 km from Bellefontaine, off the east coast of Martinique.
The project, is being developed by Akuo Energy in partnership withDCNS. The following is a short video illustrating the working principles of the NEMO floating OTEC plant.