Roger Williams

This Day in History: Feb. 5

This Day in History: Feb. 5

In 1981, an ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) study committee urged Maryland Gov. Harry R. Hughes to take advantage of the new technology. The committee believed that the energy conversion process would bring an “economic bonanza” to the state through new businesses and jobs; however, a pilot vessel would cost $9.3 million to build, and a full-size vessel (shown above) would take another $61 million. Today, Bethesda’s Lockheed Martin is set to build a 10-megawatt OTEC facility with China’s Reignwood Group – if successful, it will be the world’s largest OTEC project. (Baltimore Sun photo, 1981)

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