Dr. W. H. Avery of the Applied Physics Laboratory at the Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Chih Wu of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the U.S. Naval Academy recently (April, 1994) published the book, Renewable Energy from the Ocean, A Guide to OTEC in the field of ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC).
As scientists and engineers around the world strive to develop new sources of energy, one source--OTEC--has aroused considerable interest due to its virtually unlimited potential. This book reviews the status and background of OTEC and presents viable, cost effective means of using the Earth's inexhaustible, tireless thermal engine to generate electricity and other products for man. Theory, application, engineering design, economic, environmental and social impact of various OTEC strategies are all discussed in detailed language.
The book is scientifically sound. The authors have devoted two decades to the OTEC field and, as a result, are widely regarded as the field's premier authorities. The topics are presented in the proper order, and are equally weighted, as they should be. The material is well organized. The book has been many years in preparation. None of the topics or coverage is superfluous. It will be of interest to a wide range of professionals and students in energy research, power engineering, and mechanical engineering.
With the ever-increasing human burden placed on the planet, it is imperative that cost-effective, environmentally-clean, renewable energy sources be developed today. This book presents a detailed, scientific review of OTEC and has already received accolades in the scientific and engineering communities.
The book, Renewable Energy from the Ocean, A Guide to OTEC by Oxford University Press, Inc. at 200 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, USA, is the first book of its kind. The ISBN number of the book is ISBN 0-19-507199-9. The list price of the book is $65.00.