With the beginning of the new financial year April 1 we thought we’d take the opportunity to look back on the last year at OTEC Okinawa. It was our first and an exciting time to meet the many visitors who came to see the world’s only fully operational OTEC facility.
Since the completion of the OTEC Facility we’ve had many interested parties visit from around the world. Last year, nearly 1600 people in around 300 groups toured the OTEC Demonstration Plant and Okinawa Deep Sea Water Research Institute. It was exciting to meet people from various places and discuss OTEC with them. We had a good mix of students, government officials, business people, and tourists come to see the plant.
We’ve also been happy to welcome many guests from outside Japan, with representatives from eight countries interested in either developing OTEC technology or examining the potential use in their waters. If you’re wondering about OTEC, come see it in action.
Throughout the year we worked hard to increase awareness of OTEC in Japan. Several television shows came to highlight the great potential OTEC has for powering the future, with the most widely watched being “Dream Maker,” which created a documentary about Saga University’s Professor Ikegami, a driving force behind OTEC in Japan. Many of our visitors made special trips to Kume Island just to see and learn about OTEC.
We look forward to welcoming new guests in the coming year. We have native English and Japanese staff available to show the demonstration facility and answer questions. We look forward to showing the potential of OTEC for the world.
Dr. Ikegami with Professor Luis Vega (center) at OTEC Okinawa