OceanTherm AS was founded in 2017 and is engaged in research and development of methods and technologies preventing tropical storms becoming devastating. OceanTerm AS also delivers maritime counselling.
Many people have tried to find ways of preventing hurricanes before they make landfall, resulting in the loss of human lives.
In recent years we have witnessed intense tropical storms, costing thousands of lives, as well as massive destructions. For example: in 2005, hurricane Katrina killed more than 1,800 people and caused damage of $ 90 billion. In 2016, hurricane Matthew swept across Haiti, taking 852 lives and destroyed many towns on the island. The total estimated cost for damage caused by hurricanes in 2017, is calculated to $250 billion.
Tropical hurricanes are generated when masses of cold and warm air collide. Another essential factor is that the sea surface temperature is above 26.5°C.
Climate change is causing sea surface temperatures to increase. In the case of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria that occurred between August and September 2017, sea surface temperatures were measured as high as 32°C.
The big question
Is it possible to cool the sea surface to below 26.5°C by exploiting colder water from deeper in the water column? We believe so, and we have the method and the technology.
OceanTherm AS is located in Horten (Norway) and collaborates with SINTEF Ocean AS in Trondheim and SILICIA in Horten.
Innovation Norway and the Research Council of Norway are supporting the research program.