A shift to renewable energy is currently being promoted around the world with the aim of achieving a decarbonized society. Renewable energy is any energy source other than fossil fuels that is made from permanently available resources. Solar and wind power are two such becoming common resources, but in Japan, where available land area is relatively small and mountainous, it is difficult to rely on these resources alone due to problems finding suitable installation sites. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), a shipping company, has consequently turned its attention to the sea. Mr. Tetsushi Matsuoka, General Manager of the Sales Planning Team, Corporate Marketing Department, spoke with us about MOL’s initiatives for the renewable energy business using ocean resources.
--First, could you tell us about ocean renewable energy in general.
--What kind of power generation technology is OTEC?
How OTEC Works
-- The secondary use of pumped seawater is attracting attention, isn’t it?
Joined the company midway through 2005 and has served in the Corporate Marketing Division since 2019. Our efforts to develop new business areas have been a little slow to produce results, but we are committed to moving forward under the mantra of "Don't lose your way, you'll find out when you get there." When I feel under pressure from my work, I watch the film "8 mile" to relax and help me refocus and return to a more positive frame of mind.