Monday, February 23, 2009

More Ink on Oahu OTEC Plant, this Time from India

Orange stars mark Eastern Hemisphere locations that have produced recent news reports on Hawaii's future OTEC plant.
Is it just us, or does anybody else (especially Hawaii residents) think it’s odd the only news coming down about the proposed 10-MW ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) plant on Oahu is from the far side of the world?

We noted the other day that the Taiwan Journal mentioned the highly anticipated joint project by Lockheed Martin and the Industrial Technology Research Institute. Now comes news out of India that the Chennai-based National Institute of Ocean Technology is in talks with Lockheed about whether a deep water pipe designed by the Institute might be used in the rumored Hawaii plant. Said an Institute official:

“We, too, have designed a pipe for the same (dredging cold water) and our discussions with Lockheed Martin were largely on whether they could use our design for their (Hawaii) project. We haven’t yet discussed technology transfer. It’s still an early-stage discussion.”

At this rate, we half expect the next media mention of Hawaii’s supposed future OTEC plant to spring from Uzbekistan.

This latest mention is by an online outfit called, described as the online version of the newspaper Mint that was launched by HT Media Ltd of India in collaboration with the Wall Street Journal. Jacob P. Koshy writes for and the Hindustan Times.

Mr. Koshy tried to learn more about the potential collaboration of the Institute and Lockheed but reports: “An email to Lockheed Martin for comment sent last Tuesday remained unanswered.”

And so it goes. We hope our friends at Lockheed Martin will have news for public consumption in Hawaii sometime soon about the Oahu OTEC project, which is potentially of great import to the state. (See some of our November 2008 posts about this project and what we can only call a news blackout since it was first announced.)

1 comment:

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