Sea Solar Power, Inc., the firm which recently demonstrated the world's first working model of a sea solar power plant, has just received a contract from the U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration to further efforts in specific areas of full size plant design. One of the design requirements of a sea solar power plant is a cold-water pipe, typically 12 m in diameter, suspended beneath the plant to depths of 1210 m to supply cold condensing water. The contract is for design and engineering evaluation of such a pipe.
Sea Solar Power, Inc., was established in 1973 by J. Hilbert Anderson and James H. Anderson, Jr., to develop and perfect a method of producing power by harnessing the temperature differences found in many parts of the ocean. This power would be completely clean and safe and would be much cheaper than established methods of power production.