MAKAI OCEAN ENGINEERING, INC.
Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) is a alternative energy system that extracts energy from the thermal gradients in the ocean. Conventional large closed cycle OTEC designs involve working fluids, turbines, large heat exchangers and pumps to process large quantities of seawater. Mist Lift is an open cycle OTEC that does not use heat exchangers, does not have large seawater pumps and the power is generated by a simple water turbine. With fewer costly components, it has the potential of being a lower-cost and less complex OTEC system. Makai will, in Phase I, expand our current OTEC computer models and baseline designs to fully include a Mist Lift Open Cycle so that we can completely understand the potential performance and cost impacts of this technology. We will identify risks, propose R&D solutions, and assess what Mist Lift OTEC means to the future of OTEC.