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Indian Navy plans to set up an ocean thermal energy plant in the Indian Ocean

Indian Navy, with the help of French energy developer, DCNS, is exploring the possibility of setting up an ocean thermal energy conversion project (OTEC) in the Andaman and Nicobar islands to meet the electricity needs of its base. 

Reportedly, DCNS has already conducted feasibility studies and identified two potential locations in the Andaman Sea, off the coast of Port Blair. 

The 20 MW pilot project would be a joint venture between French energy developer DCNS and Indian companies Godrej, and Kirloskar. 

Mr. Bernard Buisson, Managing Director of DCNS India said “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.” 

Ocean thermal energy conversion is a process that generates electricity by using the temperature difference between deep cold ocean water and warm surface waters. This innovative project would eradicate the  pollution caused by diesel generator sets that are currently used to power the naval base. 

Source: www.economictimes.indiatimes.com


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