There are no rivers or streams in any of the islands of Maldives, and only a few wetlands or freshwater lakes. The country’s freshwater resources exist as groundwater in basal aquifers, generally unconfined in nature and extending below sea level in the form of a thin fresh water lens.
Deep waters surround the Republic of the Maldives and therefore have relatively easy access to 1,000 meter deep cold water which is necessary for the OTEC process. With latitudes between 1° S and 7° N, ensures warm surface seawater and in fact the Indian Ocean has long been recognized as an excellent thermal energy source.
Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) is a system for converting thermal energy into electricity by utilizing the temperature difference between the surface and deep ocean water. The water temperature at a depth of 1,000m is approximately 4°C to 6°C.
The Energy Branch of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the SIDS Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Initiative (SIDS DOCK), the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are organizing the side event “Energizing the SAMOA Pathway – Launch of the SE4ALL Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres for Small Island Developing States (SIDS)”. The event will inform on the status of the SIDS DOCK process and the network of regional sustainable energy centres for SIDS the Pacific, Caribbean, Africa and Indian Ocean.read more
ECREEE launched the project “Regional potential assessment of novel bioenergy crops in fifteen ECOWAS countries” in 2012, in partnership with UNIDO, IIBN and QUINVITA, based on the need to make an overall assessment of a series of novel potential bioenergy crops that can or could be grown and processed in the ECOWAS member states.read more
United States President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to visit Jamaica in more than 33 years with a visit to Jamaica this week. Obama arrived on Wednesday for short meetings with US Embassy staff, although he made a late-night visit to the Bob Marley Museum that evening. On Thursday, Obama met with a group of CARICOM Prime Ministers for what was billed as a CARICOM-US Summit.read more
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Officials struggled Sunday to determine the scale of the devastation wrought by a monstrous cyclone that tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, with death counts varying in the single digits but expected to rise once communications are restored with outlying islands.read more
Renewable Energy for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development: The Case of Biomass Gasification
Biomass is an essential renewable energy source for a low carbon energy future on a global scale. Biomass resource potentials are large enough to deliver about a quarter (i.e. 200-300 EJ) of the world’s future energy supply.read more
With Austrian funding, UNIDO to help establish Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
VIENNA, AUSTRIA, 19 December 2014 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation, today signed a 1.3 million Euro funding agreement for the establishment of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE).read more
The Opening Ceremony
Watch the Spectacular Opening Ceremony of the 3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Samoa 2104 Credit: United Nations
The Year of Small Island Developing States
What is SIDS Dock?
“It is an initiative among member countries of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) to provide the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) with a collective institutional mechanism to assist them transform their national energy sectors into a catalyst for sustainable economic development and help generate financial resources to address adaptation to climate change.”