The oceans are becoming increasingly thermally
stratified which facilitates the conversion of a portion of the heat of warming
to work in accordance with the laws of thermodynamics.
Ocean thermal energy conversion or (OTEC) is the process
whereby this is accomplished and one of the few non-polluting renewable energy
technologies capable of delivering base load power.
It is the one with the greatest potential and can double
the output of fossil fuels, while eliminating the environmental cost of doing
business associated with fossil fuels, which the International Monetary Fund
estimated in 2017 at $5.2 trillion annually.
It is energy too cheap to meter because it can be
produced for less than the environmental cost of burning fossil fuels.
The only way to safely remove heat from the ocean is to
convert it to the work required to sustain 10 billion people who will live on
the land by 2050.