Deep Ocean Power Philippines Inc., (DOPPI) the local unit of US-based Deep Ocean Power Inc. (DOPI), one of the world’s largest producers of ocean power, plans to diversify its power venture in the Philippines by exploring 36 sites in the country including Misamis Oriental for possible wind and solar power plant ventures
DOPI vice president Jonathan Wong said they are looking at developing between 10 to 300 megawatts of power capacity in each site, depending on the company’s evaluation for each location.
“Each site will be used not only for OTEC (ocean thermal energy conversion) but for on-shore and off-shore wind farms and solar energy as well, if it is determined they are suitable for such technology,” Wong said.
OTEC makes use of the temperature differential between the warm surface waters of the oceans, heated by solar radiation, and the deeper cold waters to generate electricity.
DOPI has been awarded service contracts by the Department of Energy (DOE) to explore 36 sites covering 910 prospective blocks or 73,710 hectares in Ilocos Norte, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, Occidental Mindoro, Isabela, Aurora, Masbate, Antique, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Zamboanga del Norte, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, Misamis Oriental, Surigao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, Sulu, Southern Leyte, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Ilocos Sur, Sorsogon and Albay.
with article by Donnabelle L. Gatdula of The Philippine Star