The Journal’s page 1 story headlined “In Africa, Outages Stifle a Boom” highlights the tremendous hardship expensive oil inflicts on the continent. While the “shaky power grid” gets much of the attention, the lack of reliable power is cited as a key issue in thwarting economic progress in the region.
Later, in surfing the ‘net for the latest news on ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) technology, we came across a not-so-new website sponsored by Renewable Energy Technologies. The Journal’s Africa story made us especially interested in the page’s list of “Less-Developed Countries with Adequate Ocean-Thermal Resources 25 Kilometers or Less from Shore.”
Temperature Deltas, Close to Shore
Eight African nations, as well as many others around the world, are on the list: Benin, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, Somalia and Tanzania. The page continues:
Fresh water and electricity are both in great demand, of course, so although OTEC’s service to the African continent may be years away, we hope the big renewable energy players are exploring the possibilities.
The page goes on, “The first (OTEC) market is the small island nations in the South Pacific and the island of Molokai in Hawaii.” Since we just spent five days on Molokai, we don't know what to make of coincidences!