Ocean thermal energy to power desalination plant in India

Indian National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), a research and development institute under the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), is developing an ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) desalination plant in southwest India.

Contract signing for the civil contruction works for the OTEC-powered desalination plant (Courtesy of NIOT)

The desalination plant is located on Kavaratti island in Lakshadweep and is powered by about 65 kW power generated from OTEC.

At the same time, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) informed that it is implementing its Renewable Energy Research and Technology Development Program.

MNRE said that the program aims to promote indigenous technology development for the widespread deployment of new and renewable energy, including ocean energy, in an efficient and cost-effective manner across the country.

In January 2022, NIOT awarded a contract to Coastal Marine Construction and Engineering for the project that will have a 100 m3/day capacity.

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