Using the Ocean to Power Tropical Islands The Curaçao Ocean Ecopark is developing an ocean thermal power plant and combining it with natural cooling of buildings by using deep ocean water.
ENVIRONMENTAL The technology has the largest recoverable potential at the lowest projected cost of all renewable ocean conversion technologies 1 .
SOCIAL The Ocean Ecopark provides opportunities for attracting new industries and research, benefitting the population on Curaçao.
ECONOMIC On the island of Curaçao, energy-related imports currently amount to more than $5,000 per household per year.
Developed in the Netherlands
Deployed in Curacao
Dutch Bluerise BV is developing its first ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) plant, allowing the tropical island of Curaçao, located in the southern Caribbean Sea, to use the ocean as a power plant. The technology generates electricity by exchanging heat between the warm surface and the cool depths of the ocean. In addition, the Curaçao Ocean Ecopark will use deep ocean water to cool buildings in the local airport with savings of up to 90% of the electricity typically required for air-conditioning, according to Bluerise. The Ocean Ecopark will integrate a range of sustainable solutions, ranging from fresh water production to ocean-cooled greenhouses and fish farming. Why a Sustainia100 solution? Tropical regions will account for a large share of global increases in energy demand. Providing a sustainable, scalable, and economical energy solution for these regions will address a major sustainability issue while serving as an incubator for OTEC technology.
“THE DEEP OCEAN PROVIDES A NEW SOURCE OF WEALTH, ONE THAT IS SUSTAINABLE AND CAN PROVIDE NOT ONLY ENERGY BUT ALSO FRESH WATER AND FOOD FOR AN INCREASING DEMAND IN TROPICAL REGIONS.” REMI BLOKKER, CEO, BLUERISE
By clustering economically viable and mature technologies, Bluerise aims to incubate and commercialize scalable energy, food, and water solutions.
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, “2012 Global Energy Assessment Report.”
Solution by Bluerise BV and Curaçao Airport Holding 111