Equivalent Gibbs systems for modelling an onshore OTEC experimental plant on Reunion Island

Matthieu Martins, Frantz Sinama, Franck Lucas

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    SUMMARY: Reunion Island is heavily dependent on fossil fuels, but seeks to become energy self-sufficient by 2025. ocean thermal energy conversion provides a means of producing electricity that harnesses the available energy of the ocean by using the temperature gradient between its deep and its upper layers. This paper presents the projected experimental facility which is to be installed at the University of St. Pierre on Reunion Island. A dynamic model of the installation has been developed (on a Delphi interface) by using the concept of equivalent Gibbs systems. In such equivalent system, mass, energy, and entropy are linked through the Gibbs equation, and the entropy production can easily be expressed in terms of fluxes and their related forces. Assuming linear phenomenological laws, the phenomenological coefficients are assessed from technical data. Using a digital tool (Genopt), an optimization study has been conducted in order to determine the best operating parameters according to the temperature of the sea water. This model allows us to anticipate the potential of this technology on Reunion Island. Once validated on the facility, the model will serve as a tool to assist design of the future 10MW pilot plant planned for 2014.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)1112-1121
    Number of pages10
    JournalInternational Journal of Energy Research
    Issue number9
    StatePublished - Jul 2013


    • Dynamic modelling
    • Equivalent Gibbs systems
    • Ocean thermal energy conversion
    • Rankine cycle
    • Réunion Island
    • Renewable energy


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