Energy Constraint and Adatability
The Maldives (case study) is included in the list of highly vulnerable countries to the projected impacts of climate change. The low height above sea level means the islands risk being inundated with water if sea levels rise. In addition, the significant dependency on petroleum (fossil fuel) imports for the majority of electricity production creates serious economic and financial difficulties (as almost everything even the basic food items are being imported using the foreign currency that comes from the very limited industries). In addition, the continual increase in energy use is unsustainable and immediate action is required to reverse this trend.
The goal is to produce standard models based on computer simulations and field monitoring that are most suitable to remote island-communities for sustainable power generation and to find the potential of renewable technologies and anticipated level of public participation.
The outcomes will be a significant step towards establishing a sustainable energy future for isolated island communities to ensure wellbeing of the people of the societies utilizing renewable energy resources, such as wind and solar. Energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources can be both economically and environmentally advantages. Therefore, technological options that increase the success of future renewable or hybrid energy developments in similar areas will be promoted, as most regions will face traditional energy resource constraints in the near future. In addition, renewable energy sources are currently not extensively used in such island regions they have an immediate local application which offset a substantial proportion of traditional electricity generation.
This research aims to establish the different possible scenarios for sustainable energy service system designs in remote islands. The considerations include possible opportunities for resilience and adaptability, technical feasibility, risks to the system, economics, environment and social problems. Data will be gathered by surveys and the analysis will utilise available software and simulation programs. Desired outcomes are quantification of the maximum potential for reduced power-demand due to energy conservation and potential renewable energy supply. A multi-criteria analysis will be performed to compare the different renewable energy system configurations and compare with a SWOT analysis to find the option with highest probability of adoption and the level of sustainability that could be achieved for a typical remote island community.
People: Muaviyath Mohamed