Renewable and sustainable energy in St. Eustatius

Renewable and sustainable energy in St. Eustatius

Sint Eustatius is positioned to be a regional trend setter in renewable and sustainable energy; they have already taken major steps to reduce their CO2 emission and dependence on Fossil fuel for their energy production.

Already, the Statia Utility Company (STUCO) has commissioned the second phase of their solar park. The 13,000 panel model covers a surface area of approximately 25,000m² producing 4.1 MW of clean energy amounting to 45% of the islands annual energy share.

Between the hours of 9am-7:30pm the Solar park with its cutting edge Hi-Capacity Lithium-Ion battery is able to guarantee 100% of the islands energy consumption reducing their annual fossil fuel usage by 1.7 million liters annually and reducing the islands carbon footprint by 4.5 million kg /year.

The integration of Renewable energy with water conservation and food security is high on the priority list of the island. The 2m elevated panels are angled to make use of a self-cleaning sprinkler system and provide enough surface area to collect over 25million liters annually. This innovative installation has been applied to combat the effects of climate change and water shortage due to extensive drought. The elevated panels also provide an optimum opportunity for agricultural exploitation, where the area under the panels will be used for cultivating leaf vegetables and flowers. The water from the panels will be collected stored and reused for irrigation purposes at the park as well as for the other agricultural initiatives. Under the 11th EDF program the EU has reserved 2.2 million euros to enhance the resilience of the electrical grid by the undergrounding of approximately 10km of MHV cables.

St. Eustatius will also be exploring its geothermal energy potential. In 2017 the local government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a French energy exploitation company for collaboration in the area of Geothermal Power Production on the island.

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Saba’s energy policy

Saba’s energy policy

The energy policy for Saba was developed through a robust process of technical studies, analysis, stakeholder consultations and a participatory consensus-building process. These culminated in the ‘Social development plan 2014–2020’ and ‘Saba’s energy sector strategy’. The vision is to become a 100% sustainable energy island, ensuring that energy comes from local renewable energy sources, and is affordable and reliable.

While energy independence is the main priority of the official energy policy, the cross-cutting strategies focus on four main pillars: sustainability, affordability, energy independence and reliability of the system. In particular, equitable access to and quality of energy for all sectors of society, particularly the poor, is an overarching goal. Specifically, the social development plan (SDP) states that energy independence is vital to the island’s economic stability and quality of life. It also establishes energy efficiency as a key step in making energy more affordable.

Saba’s energy policy aims at achieving affordable and sustainable energy supply for everyone. It is coherent with policies on infrastructure, poverty reduction, quality of life and social welfare. It also contributes to the overall objectives of protection and sustainable use of Saba’s natural resources, supporting sustainable and inclusive growth. As for all municipalities and provinces of the Netherlands, Saba’s energy policy is bound by the energy policy objectives of the Netherlands.

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Énergie marine et climatisation

Énergie marine et climatisation

Le SWAC, système de climatisation par eau de mer, technologie dans laquelle la Polynésie française a une nette avance mondiale. Rencontre avec Julien Guillet de Créocéan Pacifique pour parler de l’énergie marine et du SWAC de l’hôpital de Tahiti.

Créocéan va assurer la maîtrise d’œuvre du SWAC de l’hôpital de Tahiti ! Créocéan, associé à Luseo et leurs sous-traitants (DV Offshore et B3C), a remporté le marché de maîtrise d’œuvre du SWAC du Centre Hospitalier de Polynésie Française. L’objet de l’opération est la conception puis la réalisation d’un système de climatisation par eau de mer (SWAC : Sea Water Air Conditionning) d’une puissance proche de 6MWf (t.T-5°C) permettant la substitution complète des groupes de production frigorifique du Centre Hospitalier de Polynésie française (CHPF). La consommation électrique liée à la climatisation sera réduite d’environ 85 à 90%, ce qui représentera une économie de 2880 tonnes de fuel lourd annuel au niveau de la centrale électrique, soit une réduction d’émission de 10 500 tonnes de CO2 par an.

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Free online course “Sustainable Energy for SIDS”

Free online course “Sustainable Energy for SIDS”

The Centre of Excellence for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States, a UNDP initiative based on Aruba, in collaboration with Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, and the Hamburg Open Online University, offer a unique online learning course. The course “Sustainable Energy for SIDS” (5th February to 11th March 2018) addresses energy access, security and efficiency in SIDS.

More information.

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Marine Energy Workshop for OCTs

Marine Energy Workshop for OCTs

The TAF SE4ALL (EC DEVCO) and the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA) have organised an international workshop on Marine Energy for Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).

On the 6th of December 2017, OCT Energy representatives will attend several sessions on:

  • Marine renewable Energy: International and EU perspectives
  • Examples of marine renewable energy projects
  • Lessons learned
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Third Summit of OCT Energy Ministers

Third Summit of OCT Energy Ministers

The Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union are scattered around the globe from the poles to the tropics in areas where there is an abundance of natural energy sources such as wind, solar, thermal and marine. This enables the OCTs to position themselves as centres of excellence in the field of sustainable energy.

At this third Summit on 7th of December 2017, the OCT Energy Ministers will be able to actively participate with EU policy makers, the private sector, and other stakeholders in panel discussions on the most appropriate actions to support their transition towards a sustainable energy future.

This Summit is being organised by the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA).

Opening of the Summit:

  • Honourable Goldray Ewing, Minister of Works of the Turks and Caicos Islands, OCTA Chairmanship
  • MEP Maurice Ponga, Vice Chair of the EP’s Committee on Development
  • MEP Tonino Picula, Chair of the islands subgroup – SEARICA Intergroup
  • Mr. Denis Salord, Head of Unit OCT, DG DEVCO, European Commission

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Post doc/ doctorate positions on regional energy transitions

Post doc/ doctorate positions on regional energy transitions

The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg’s Institute of Social Sciences is offering a unique opportunity of three positions in the field of sustainability transitions as doctoral and post-doctoral researchers:

– One post-doctoral position
– Two PhD positions

The positions are part of a research project which will analyse energy transition as a social process from a socio-economic perspective, examining how different regional, national and global actors in the wind energy sector interact, as well as which process of negotiating, norming and learning are triggered by this interaction.

All researchers will be involved both in theory development and in the empirical work. The latter includes preparing, conducting and analysing narrative interviews. Furthermore, the post-doctoral researcher will support the project leader in the scientific coordination of the project and the case studies.

The holders of the positions will have the opportunity to conduct their own research and qualification projects on topics related to the research project. The PhD students are expected to write their theses within the framework of the project.

For further information and requirements, go to this link.

 

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La recherche de locataires pour l’ile déserte

La recherche de locataires pour l’ile déserte

L’île de Quéménès est située au coeur de l’archipel de Molène dans le Finistère, à environ 9 km des côtes. Le Conservatoire du Littoral, lors de l’acquisition de l’île en 2003, dresse un bilan qui révèle les richesses naturelles et patrimoniales de l’île. Il décide alors, avec le soutien du programme Européen d’échanges insulaires INTERREG ISLA, et de nombreux partenaires publics et privés de développer un véritable laboratoire du développement durable sur l’île : restauration des bâtiments, installation d’un système de production d’énergies renouvelables (panneaux solaires, éolienne), approvisionnement et traitement de l’eau, réfection de la cale, entretien des écosystèmes, etc.

Suite à un appel à candidature, Soizic et David Cuisnier ont été sélectionnés pour y monter leur exploitation agricole, l’objectif étant que les activités de leur ferme puissent leur permettre de vivre tout en entretenant le site. Culture de pommes de terre, accueil du public en chambres d’hôtes, élevage de moutons et récolte d’algues de rives sont leurs activités principales.

La base du projet est donc de remettre en activité l’exploitation agricole, pour permettre d’entretenir le paysage de l’île, de préserver les bâtiments, de lutter contre les friches (grâce au pâturage et à la culture) et de préserver les espèces et les habitats remarquables.

Après dix ans passés sur l’île, Soizic et David Cuisnier quitteront définitivement Quéménès en janvier 2018. Le Conservatoire du Littoral a lancé un appel à projet mi-juin pour remplacer cette famille. Sur cet espace naturel classé, les nouveaux exploitants devront concilier développement d’un projet économiquement viable (la ferme insulaire s’étend sur 30 hectares et dispose d’une activité maison d’hôtes), préservation de l’environnement (faune, flore, prairie, menhirs, tumulus, fours à goémon,etc.) et l’accueil du public. Dans l’idéal, le Conservatoire espère trouver des locataires prêts à s’engager pour “une dizaine d’années” moyennant le paiement d’une redevance de 7.000 €.

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