Key factors around ocean-based power in the Caribbean region, via Trinidad and Tobago

Legena Henry, Jacqueline Bridge, Mark Henderson, Kevin Keleher, Megan Barry, Geoff Goodwin, Deborah Namugayi, Marisha Morris, Benjamin Oaks, Odesma Dalrymple, Scott Shrake, Akane Ota, Laura Azevedo, Briyanna Blue, Zachary Boucher, Sarah Boege, Laura Hager, Tahja Mack, Katherine Thompson, Diana RodakBridget Harding, Benjamin Liu, Shengjie Zhu, Justin Loveall, Melissa Chavez

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Abstract

Caribbean residents outside of Trinidad and Tobago primarily utilize hydrocarbons for electricity, earning them the highest energy bills in the world. Apart from global climate change concerns, these high energy prices make it clear that alternative energy must be sourced for the Caribbean region. With Trinidad and Tobago's large offshore hydrocarbon reserves, Trinidad and Tobago has bolstered its economy and its expertise in offshore engineering and technology in the past five decades. Caribbean regional efforts to find ocean-based renewable energy resources can largely exploit the aforementioned advantages and opportunities in Trinidad and Tobago. The present work involves a collaboration between a team of engineers to collect and analyze oceanic data in Trinidad and Tobago, and a team of sustainability scholars to survey the maritime context of Trinidad and Tobago via the lens of sustainable development. This is done to appropriately contextualize Trinidad and Tobago, which is the territory via which Caribbean regional ocean-based power exploration is recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-175
Number of pages16
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Volume50
DOIs
StatePublished - May 26 2015

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Keywords

  • Caribbean
  • Energy
  • OTEC
  • Ocean wave power
  • Offshore wind
  • Trinidad and Tobago

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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Henry, L., Bridge, J., Henderson, M., Keleher, K., Barry, M., Goodwin, G., Namugayi, D., Morris, M., Oaks, B., Dalrymple, O., Shrake, S., Ota, A., Azevedo, L., Blue, B., Boucher, Z., Boege, S., Hager, L., Mack, T., Thompson, K., ... Chavez, M. (2015). Key factors around ocean-based power in the Caribbean region, via Trinidad and Tobago. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 50, 160-175. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2015.04.115