Integration and Optimization of Hydrogen Production with Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Technology in Offshore Floating Platforms

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,949.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-05-M-0038
Agency Tracking Number:
N043-227-0882
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
N04-227
Solicitation Number:
2004.3
Small Business Information
MAKAI OCEAN ENGINEERING, INC.
P.O. Box 1206, Kailua, HI, 96734
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
066271768
Principal Investigator:
Joseph Van Ryzin
President
(808) 259-8871
joe.vanryzin@makai.com
Business Contact:
Joseph Van Ryzin
President
(808) 259-8871
joe.vanryzin@makai.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
OTEC is a clean, renewable energy resource capable of producing very large and significant quantities of hydrogen in at-sea floating plants located in warm, tropical water. During phase I, Makai will develop an analytical model to technically balance and financially evaluate a large-scale OTEC-driven hydrogen (or alternate fuel) plant and industry. This computer tool will technically link and balance system components while providing resulting total costs. This model will be used to develop a means of comparison between the OTEC-hydrogen path and competitive hydrogen paths such as coal, natural gas, and nuclear. The analysis will include new developments in platform technology, advances in the OTEC process, and alternate fuels to hydrogen which may be more advantageous for at-sea production, storage and transportation. The study will lead toward the development of a trial or prototype at-sea plant to supply hydrogen (or alternate fuels) for the US Navy or civilian users.

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