Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)

” The most abundant form of energy on Earth is heat; it is about 70% of all energy forms, and most of which, is stored in the upper layers of deep oceans across the equatorial regions. The heat contained therein could be extracted and converted into electric power, or if not, hydrogen fuel. Hydrogen will be fast becoming the most dominant energy carrier by the middle of this 21st Century. Other energy carriers including electricity, oil, natural gas, and coal will be less significant. In Malaysia, it has been established that ocean thermal energy has the potential capacity over 22,000 MW. Such potential has been realised in Kumejima, Okinawa, Japan; and in Hawaii, USA. The Korean Research Institute of Shipping and Ocean Engineering (KRISO) has just commissioned in late September 2019 1-MW Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) plant which will be installed in Kiribati. A 10-MW OTEC plant has been designed for the Martinique Territory of France in the Carribbean. In short, OTEC technology, considered one of the 21 most impactful emerging technologies in this Century, is the only energy conversion technology that generates, not only competitive pricing of energy, but also highly beneficial mineral water and high value marine produce, sea foods, and marine products “

Prof Dato’ Ir Dr A Bakar Jaafar FASc, 
Director, UTM Ocean Thermal Energy Centre

What is SATREPS?

“SATREPS is a Japanese government program that promotes international joint research. The program is structured as a collaboration between the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)New window , which provides competitive research funds for science and technology projects , and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development(AMED)New window , which provides competitive research funds for medical research and development , and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)New window , which provides development assistance (ODA). Based on the needs of developing countries, the program aims to address global issues*1 and lead to research outcomes of practical benefit to both local and global society”*2

Source : https://www.jst.go.jp/global/english/

Research Fields and Areas

SATREPS projects in the field of Infectious Diseases Control have been transferred to AMED – the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development. (The transfer took place on April 1, 2015. Projects that terminated before that date were not transferred.)

ANNOUNCEMENT : Research Officer & Post- Doctoral Position are OPEN NOW!

Ocean Thermal Energy Centre (OTEC) at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia is seeking a highly motivated and energetic individual with a keen interest in salinity gradient research to apply as aResearch Officer and Post Doctoral Scientist to be based in our Centre starting from now until 30 April 2019.

 

Interested candidates should send their applications including a CV, a cover letter stating long-term research interests and contact information of three references to email : utmotec@utm.my

 

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