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Lockheed Martin Plans Hawaii Ocean Energy Plant


Washington Business Journal
November 19, 2008


Lockheed Martin Corp. will test a new kind of power plant in Hawaii that
generates energy using ocean thermal technology.

The project, in partnership with a Taiwanese research institute, will build a
plant capable of producing 10 megawatts of electricity, or enough energy to
power about 3,000 homes.

The location of the plant was not disclosed in the news release issued by Gov.
Linda Lingle’s office announcing the new partnership.

The governor is wrapping up an 11-day visit to Asia, and met with the Taiwan
Industrial Technology Research Institute, which is the partnering group for the project.

“As island economies in the Pacific, Taiwan and the state of Hawaii share very
similar challenges of over dependence on imported petroleum for their energy
needs,” Lingle said in the statement.

Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin has been studying so-called OTEC
technology (ocean thermal energy conversion) for more than 30 years. The
technology produces energy by using the difference in temperature between warm
surface seawater and cold deep seawater.

The Taiwan research institute will help with a feasibility study for the project
and collaborate on developing the power plant.

Although the technology has been studied in Hawaii for nearly 30 years, there is
no facility in Hawaii producing electricity using OTEC technology.

 

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