Mauritius Sea Water Air Conditioning

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The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) has approved a US $1-million project preparation grant at the end of December 2013 to support Sotravic Ltd. in the development and installation of the Sea Water Air Conditioning (SWAC) System in Mauritius, an innovative low-carbon technology that lowers building cooling costs using cold ocean water. It will thus contribute to an annual reduction of 40,000 tons of CO2 emissions, create 40 direct green jobs for skilled… Continue reading

Land-based oceanic industry on Mauritius

Dr. Suddhoo, the Executive Director of the Mauritius Research Council tells us about the proposal to set up a Land-based Oceanic Industry (LBOI), based on the success of NELHA on Hawaii. The vision is to use deep-sea water in a variety of applications, including facilities cooling, desalination of bottled water, aquaculture and more. Dr. Suddhoo tell us that they have confirmed that their deep waters do have the desired properties, i.e temperature, purity, minerals… Continue reading

OTEC for Mauritius?

OTECAccording to Business in Africa Online [cached], the Mauritius government is investigating OTEC and windpower as potential future energy sources. “Mauritius, being quite exposed to windy conditions, is exploring possibilities for wind energy exploitation,” says a government briefing. “The country is also envisaging the use of ocean thermal energy conversion is geographically well placed to harness ocean energy.”

Indian ocean islands interested in OTEC

OTECAccording to an article from last year in the Indian publication Business Line, Dr. Harsh K. Gupta, The Secretary, Union Department of Ocean Development (DoD), said that Mauritius, Seychelles and Maldives have sought India’s expertise in the setting up of ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) plants.

These island nations would be perfect users of OTEC technology. The islands are sitting in the middle of a huge energy resource in shape of the ocean surrounding them.… Continue reading

Natural upwelling zone between Seychelles and Mauritius

New Scientist reports briefly about the a natural upwelling zone which has been found between the Seychelles and Mauritius by the Shoals of Capricorn Programme. The upwelling zone may well be one of the worlds most fertile spots of open water. Chris Gallienne from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory and his collegues found more than 500 milligrams of zooplankton per cubic metre of water. Chris said “Certainly it’s among the highest levels you’d ever find… Continue reading

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