Thermoelectric power plants could offer economically competitive renewable energy

(—A new study predicts that massive-scale energy plants primarily based on thermoelectric effects, such as small temperature differences in ocean water, could create electricity at a reduced price than photovoltaic power plants.

Liping Liu, Associate Professor at Rutgers University, envisions that thermoelectric energy plants would look like giant barges sitting in the tropical ocean, exactly where electrical energy is generated by heating cold, deep water with warm, shallow water heated by the sun. Liu has published a paper in the New Journal of Physics in which he analyzes the feasibility of such energy plants.

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