chapter  13
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Ocean, Hydropower, and Geothermal Energy Conversion

The offshore ocean area under U.S. jurisdiction is larger than our land mass, and teems with … energy sources.

Tom Allen

The oceans contain a great deal of energy but the conversion of this energy into a useful form such as electricity or heat requires advanced technology that is still under development. However, many demonstration prototypes have been designed and built. Valuable information is being obtained from the operation of these plants, and the results should lead to the development of large-scale units that are expected to become economically competitive in the future.