MHK Projects/Modeling the Physical and Biochemical Influence of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Plant Discharges into their Adjacent Waters

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Project Profile
Project Start Date 1/9/2010

Project City Kailua , HI
Project State/Province Hawaii
Project Country United States
Project Resource
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Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion
Project Nearest Body of Water Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 21.9°, 158.75°

Project Phase Phase 1

Project Details The work will develop a numerical model for one or more Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion power plants offshore Oahu, Hawaii to perform eutrophication modeling. This work will calibrate modeled boundary conditions with newly collected oceanographic data, analyze the plumes under these realistic ocean conditions, and provide biological model predictions so the plant(s) can be designed to minimize environmental impacts and prevent algal blooms. The program will provide an understanding of the relationships between discharge component design, OTEC performance and environmental changes, and will be used when designing an OTEC plant to minimize its environmental impact and optimize cost.
Project Installed Capacity (MW) 0
Permit/License Buildout (MW) 3

Number of Devices Deployed 0
Number of Build Out Units Deployed 0

Main Overseeing Organization Makai Ocean Engineering Inc

Project Technology MHK Technologies/Deep Water Pipelines
Project Timeline and Milestones •6/1/2011 Validate HIROM model using the new oceano data
•12/1/2011 Run various scenarios to optimize Nitrogen, Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide environmental impact and cost
•9/1/2011 Implement eutrophication modeling for in-situ Hawaiian waters
•5/1/2011 Obtain training for Eutrophication model and document Hawaii-specific settings.
•12/1/2011 Implement Eutrophication into visualization
•9/22/2011 Present briefing at relevant conference
•3/10/2012 Determine pilot plant and 100 MW plant parameters with Lockheed Martin
Project Licensing
Environmental Monitoring and Mitigation Efforts See Tethys

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