PLOCAN Tested Optimised Floating Ocean Thermal Eenergy Conversion Platform
The overall objective for the project is to achieve a successful demonstration of the novel designs and materials for an ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) platform capable of converting solar heat energy stored in the oceans surrounding the Overseas Countries and Territories of the EU, Small Islands and Developing States, and the Asian and African continent into reliable, baseload power with an economical cost model. The following objectives have been identified:Technical Specification: Design prototype components using circular materials and computational Modelling tools (Predictive Modelling tools developed and/or refined) Research Material Properties Build and Installation of Demonstrator: Floating Platform & testing in controlled and real-worldsettings Econometric, Environmental and Social Impact Assessments This project marries both technical advancements in marine engineering and new materials and computational modelling enabling lower CAPEX expenditure for Marine Offshore OTEC. These engineering and materials gains are transferable to other renwable energies and their offshore installations, as well as more generally for marine engineering needs. Social, Environmental and Economic impacts are taken account of in this proposal and are the key mechanism for knowlegde creationa nd dissemination.