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OTEC Achievements
(with focus on Saga University)
2011
Feasibility Study commences on Tahiti Island for a 10MW OTEC Plant.
2009
The New Uehara Cycle was developed.
2003
Tokyo University & the Japanese government deployed the Takumi Project off the coast of Japan to research the effects of upwelling.
Institute of Ocean Energy Saga University was founded, and a 30kW OTEC plant installed for further research.
2000
Xenesys Inc. acquired exclusive concession of the partners related to OTEC from Saga University.
1999
International conference on OTEC and DOW (deep ocean water) was held in Imari, Saga prefecture, Japan.
1997
Technical agreement was signed between NIOT and Saga University with regard to the 1MW floating type OTEC planned by NIOT.
1995
Saga University started tests with the above-mentioned plant, using the Uehara cycle.
1994
Saga University built another 4.5 kW experimental OTEC plant with a newly invented cycle.
1993
USA completed their 210kW open cycle OTEC demonstration facility off coast of Kona, Hawaii.
1990
IOA, International OTEC Association, was organized by Taiwan, USA and Japan.
1989
In the first such study anywhere, Science & Technology Agency of Japan began study of utilization of deep ocean water (DOW),
1988
25 leading Japanese companies, comprising of power generation, engineering and consultation, ship building, and heavy machinery industries, formed an OTEC research organization.
1985
A 75 kW experimental OTEC plant was installed at Saga University.
1982
NELH USA started testing with 30cm diameter, 600m intake deep seawater pipeline.
Kyushu Electric Co., of Japan succeeded with their 50kW OTEC in Tokunoshima island.
1981
Tokyo Electric Co., and its subsidiary undertook successful experiment of a 120 kW OTEC in the Republic of Nauru.
1980
Off-shore experiment by Saga University took place off coast of Shimane prefecture in Japan.
1979
The Mini-OTEC project by USA was a success, with 50kW gross power.
1977
Saga University succeeded with 1 kW experimental plant
1974
The first international conference on OTEC was held in the USA.
ERADA project launched in USA
Japanese government established an organization called SUNSHINE Project. OTEC was one of the most important projects.
1973
Saga University in Japan began the study of OTEC
1970
Japanese government organized a study team of new power generation system, in which OTEC played a major role
1964
Mr. Anderson of USA proposed his idea for off-shore OTEC plant
1933
Mr. G. Claude generated a net 12 kW output OTEC near Cuba.
1926
Mr. G. Claude, D’Arsonval’s student, began research in OTEC for commercial use
1881
Mr. J. D'Arsonval developed his idea of OTEC theory
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