We believe that we should make the most efficient use of our resources; with this in mind we develop the concept of Ocean Ecoparks. The focus of an Ocean Ecopark is based on making the most efficient use of local resources and to take advantage of synergies between systems. Deep Seawater brought to shore can enhance and drive multiple processes.
OTEC can provide a vast amount of clean and renewable energy at fixed, competitive pricing. Tropical regions can start the path towards 100% independence in a sustainable, economically viable manner, by taking advantage of this resource and complementing other intermittent renewable energy technologies.
Seawater District Cooling
The development of a Seawater District Cooling (SDC) system, also known as Seawater Air-conditioning (SWAC), can be a win-win process for all parties involved. The SDC system distributes cold water from a central cooling plant to locations with a high cooling demand like hotels, hospitals, airports and Ocean Ecopark businesses.
The cold water from the deeper ocean is virtually free of pathogens. Therefore, it is ideal for use in aquaculture. Keeping of brood-stock and the growing of high value fish are amongst the possibilities. By mixing the cold deep water and the warm surface water, the ideal temperature can be created for almost every species without having to use expensive heaters or coolers.
The cold water which is also rich in nutrients, such as phosphates and nitrates and can also be applied to cool soil or greenhouse. With ‘seawater greenhouses’ the cooling potential as well as other synergies from other Ocean Ecopark technologies allow for an economically attractive solution to grow crops that would normally only grow in more temperate climates more efficiently and controlled.
The warm and cold water can be used for the production of clean drinking water by means of technology developed by Bluerise by making use of the cold water. Compared to traditional multi-stage flash evaporators or reverse osmosis desalination, the technology that will be deployed can provide a cost effective and low-maintenance source of producing fresh water of different qualities that can then be used for drinking water or agricultural uses.
Algae, Seaweed and other products
The unique combination of resources and services made available by an Ocean Ecopark can enable efficient growing conditions for Algae and Seaweed.