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2019-05-09 | Peer Reviewed

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

Arias-Gaviria, Jessica, Erik R Larsen and Santiago Arango Aramburo. 2018. “Understanding the future of Seawater Air Conditioning in the Caribbean: A simulation approach.” Utilities Policy 53: 73-83.
Download reference Doi:10.1016/j.jup.2018.06.008

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.