(Professor, Leader of OTEC Division, Institute of Ocean Energy, Saga University)
He has done research on the optimization on OTEC system, heat exchanger (the condenser and the evaporator) for Ocean Thermal Energy Converstion (OTEC), and By-product of OTEC for OTEC Laboratory at Saga University for 26 years. Recently, he has been investigating an OTEC system using ammonia/water mixtures as working fluid. He has collaborated on the project with several countries, including the Republic of Palou, India, and Korea. He is special field is in energy conversion engineering, thermodynamic engineering and heat transfer. Other projects include the antifouling of heat exchanger, development of turbine, and control system for OTEC system. Dr. Ikegami has served as a Visiting Professor at Duke University, and Deputy Director at the Institute of Ocean Energy at Saga University. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Hatakeyama Award by Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Global 100 Eco-Tech Award. He is a member of several organizations, including the Japan Solar Energy Society, The Heat Transfer Society of Japan, and The Japan Society of Energy and Resources.
An Ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) have been strongly focused again on the important one solution for expected for saving the earth and Sustainable Development Golds (SDGs) . In recent years, the technology and business have been internationally advanced to a new stage.
The OTEC system produces the power from the ocean thermal energy. The typical advantage of the OTEC is the stable power generation rather than other renewables such as solar PVs and wind mills. And, OTEC could be produced the by-products and job creations using the discharged deep seawater.
The OTEC facility at Kumejima, in Japan, was launched in 2013 and is continuously operating using the advanced technology, as international forefront.
There are the highest potential of OTEC in the seas of Asia-Pacific. In this presentation will be shown on the feasibility of contribution on SDGs using OTEC and DOWS in Asia-Pacific.