Bureau Veritas approves Floating OTEC by BARDOT Group

The latest floating OTEC (Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion) concept from BARDOT Group has been approved by the classification agency Bureau Veritas. The Concept Approval or Approval in Principle (AIP) applies to an OTEC system installed on an offshore buoy.

The Group’s recent business unit BARDOT Ocean provides Integrated Energy Solutions based on OTEC (Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion) technology. This green technology uses the ocean water to produce electricity, air-conditioning and fresh & drinking water. Electricity is generated by a turbine in a closed cycle, activated through heat exchangers by the difference of temperature between warm surface seawater and cold deep seawater. OTEC brings associated technologies such as SWAC (Sea Water Air Conditioning) and SWRO (Sea Water Reverse Osmosis) which are used for air cooling and water purification. Because OTEC requires an important difference of seawater temperature, this solution is well adapted to coastal and insular areas in tropical regions.

BARDOT Ocean’s 2MW targeted OTEC plant will cover 100% of the needs in electricity of a resort which is to be built in Maldives. A power cable will transfer the electricity produced offshore to the resort.

Bureau Veritas’ approval indicates that the design is feasible, achievable, and contains no technological show-stoppers that may prevent the design from being matured, and that the design is deemed to be suitable for use in the metocean conditions that the unit facility will be located in. General arrangement drawings, hydro-mooring analysis, structural analysis and stability analysis were reviewed by the classification agency.

With the strong experience of BARDOT Group in offshore engineering and more than 100 successful projects worldwide, BARDOT Ocean is set to activate the energy revolution carried by OTEC. Renewable energy made accessible for all, that is the aspiration of the French group.

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