Survey of Energy Resources 2007
OTEC Country Notes
In the early 1990s the Republic of the Marshall Islands invited proposals from US companies to undertake a detailed feasibility study for the design, construction, installation and operation of a 5-10 MW (net) OTEC power plant to be located at Majuro. The contracted study was carried out by Marine Development Associates of California between April 1993 and April 1994 but no project resulted.
At a forum convened prior to the World Water Forum (Kyoto, March 2003) by Japan's Saga University and the Government of Palau (a group of Pacific Islands to the east of the Marshall Islands), interest was renewed in the possibility for OTEC installations. The success of the planned project in Palau could well prove to be the impetus required for development in the Marshall Islands and other Pacific Islands.