Ocean Thermal Energy, National Ocean Policy and Marine Algae

Written by on April 17, 2013 in Marine Life

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China eco-resort to pilot ocean thermal energy conversion

The Reignwood Group, a Chinese company, has teamed up with US company Lockheed Martin to to find a way to harness thermal energy from the ocean. Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) off-shore power plant will take advantage of the natural differences in temperature that exist between the deep sea and the surface to generate electricity. This revolutionary system will be used as the energy source for a new “green resort community” on the coast of Southern China.

Left - Pipes used for OTEC. Right - Floating OTEC plant constructed in India in 2000.

Left – Pipes used for OTEC. Right – Floating OTEC plant constructed in India in 2000. Photo credit: Harishmukundan at en.wikipedia.

Obama Administration Releases Plan to Promote Ocean Economy and Resilience

Yesterday, the Obama Administration released its final plan to implement the National Ocean Policy which was established in July 2010 and directs federal agencies to “protect, maintain, and restore the health of marine ecosystems.” The final implementation plans describes specific ways in which federal agencies can address ocean challenges including improving forecasting of ocean conditions, obtaining and sharing more data about storms and sea level rise, habitat restoration and better Arctic management. And find out what people are saying about it.

Open water.

Open water. Photo credit: Emily Tripp.

Two JHU student engineering teams vie for EPA sustainability grants

With one project (and hopefully the help of a pretty substantial grant) a team of students from Johns Hopkins University will improve pollution control, lessen our needs for fossil fuels and help produce healthy foods. How? By growing large masses of algae that feed on wastewater. The algae would be deployed at wastewater treatment facilities where it would help by eating hard-to-remove pollutants like nitrogen and phosphorus. Then, if the algae flourishes in that environment, it could be harvested to produce biofuels or food for fish farms.

Algae could be used at wastewater treatment plants

Algae could be used at wastewater treatment plants. Photo credit: Rjgalindo.

Victory! Offshore Oil Drilling Stopped in Belize
Belize’s Supreme Court yesterday declared all offshore drilling contracts null and void, stating that the government failed to assess the environmental impact on the ocean. This decision effectively ends the government’s efforts to allow offshore drilling at the Mesoamerican Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world.

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About the Author

About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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