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:
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 LiveMint.com, 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 LiveMint.com 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.)