Indian Navy eyes OTEC

Andaman Islands (Photo: flickr/Ana Raquel S. Hernandes)

Indian Navy is exploring the possibility of setting up an ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) plant that would provide power for its Andaman and Nicobar Islands base.

According to The Economic Times, the 20 MW OTEC project could involve the engagement of Indian companies Godrej and Kirloskar as suppliers.

The Navy has reportedly conducted preliminary feasibility studies for OTEC plant identifying two potential locations in proximity to Port Blair, with DCNS as one of the project’s collaborators.

“DCNS has performed and presented a pre-feasibility study to the Indian Navy for deploying offshore OTEC plants at Andaman Island. This is to completely stop using diesel-based sources and rely on clean and sustainable energy for naval operations, in the spirit of the green initiative of the Indian Navy,” Bernard Buisson, Managing Director of DCNS India, told The Economic Times.

OTEC is a process that produces electricity by using the temperature difference between deep cold ocean water and warm tropical surface waters.

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