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Understanding the future of Seawater Air Conditioning in the Caribbean: A simulation approach

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  • Jessica Arias Gaviria, Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Medellín
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  • Erik Reimer Larsen
  • Santiago Arango-Aramburo, Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Medellín, Colombia

Seawater Air Conditioning (SWAC) is a sustainable alternative for tropical islands. Despite its potential, adoption has been limited throughout the world. There is a need to understand SWAC adoption potential in the Caribbean and to identify the actions and policies that could favor its diffusion. We develop a system dynamics simulation model for SWAC adoption, and use it to simulate scenarios and incentives for SWAC in Jamaica. We found that SWAC adoption is mainly limited by the threshold capacity necessary for the first installation. To achieve full adoption by 2050, governments and investors should finance 100% of the first pipeline before 2020.

Original languageEnglish
JournalUtilities Policy
Volume53
IssueAugust
Pages (from-to)73-83
Number of pages11
ISSN0957-1787
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • ADOPTION, CONSUMPTION, Cooling district, DIFFUSION, Deep ocean water, Diffusion model, EFFICIENCY, ELECTRICITY, MARKET PENETRATION, MODEL, RENEWABLE ENERGY, TECHNOLOGY, VALIDATION

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