Preliminary design of a 100 MW-net ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) power plant study case: Mentawai island, Indonesia

Ristiyanto Adiputra, Tomoaki Utsunomiya, Jaswar Koto, Takeshi Yasunaga, Yasuyuki Ikegami

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Ocean thermal energy conversion is one of the promising renewable energy resources yet relatively unexplored due to its high capital cost for being utilized in commercial scale. In the aim to reduce the capital cost, this paper introduces a concept design of the floating structure from a converted oil tanker ship. To propose the design process, the general principles of designing a converted tanker FPSO is adapted and then modified to deal with ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) characteristic. In the design process, the arrangement of the OTEC layout is carried out by constraint satisfaction method and the prospective floating structure size is varied using Monte Carlo simulation. The variables in the design process consist of the velocities of cold water and warm water transport, the size of the plantship, and the location of the OTEC equipment to the seawater tank. Constraints are introduced as allowable border to determine the acceptability for particular case including the provided space and buoyancy, and the net power output estimation. The results show that the ‘typical’ size of a Suezmax oil tanker ship is the optimum one for the plantship with the velocity of the water transport of 2–3 m/s. The general arrangement is also conceptualized in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-68
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Marine Science and Technology (Japan)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oceanography
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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