Ocean Thermal Resource and Sustainable OTEC Power Assessment: Implement a numerical model with a 1 x 1 (Lat./Long.) horizontal resolution to simulate the large-scale deployment of OTEC plants across tropical oceans to estimate the world-wide power output without modifying the deep ocean circulation of the cold water resource.
Interactive OTEC Power Atlas: Combine ocean thermal data available through the NODC's World Ocean Atlas with the HNEI OTEC thermodynamic model to provide the user an estimate of OTEC power production at any location defined by latitude and longitude.
Aluminum Corrosion and Bio-corrosion Testing: In search of cost effective materials for use in marine renewable energy systems, HNEI will continue long-term testing of aluminum alloys exposed to flowing seawater from different depths at the NELHA laboratory. Aluminum was chosen because of the relatively low cost of the material; multiple options for fabrication; and, relatively good corrosion resistance based on prior research.