French DCNS, UK's OTE tie up for marine thermal energy projects

(SeeNews) - Jun 14, 2013 - French naval shipyard DCNS and UK-based Ocean Thermal Energy PLC (OTE) said on Wednesday they had set up a partnership to jointly build and develop systems exploiting marine thermal energy.
Furthermore, the two partners will jointly work on air conditioning systems based on sea water.
The facilities will exploit the sea water temperature to produce electricity and possibly also desalinated and drinking water.
The air conditioning systems will use cold sea water taken from the depths of the ocean.
OTE will develop, manage and finance the projects, while DCNS will be in charge of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC).
The first projects will be launched on the US Virgin Islands and in a non-specified Asian country. Other projects are envisaged in Asia and the Caribbeans.
The partnership is part of DCNS' strategy to diversify its activity into renewable energy and tidal energy in particular.
The group, which is 65%-owned by the French government, has recently acquired Irish underwater turbines manufacturer OpenHydro.

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