IMDEA Water participates in the 2nd “International Conference on Renewable Energy and Climate Change 2014” at the University of the South Pacific

Published On: July 15, 2014

Manuel Vivar and Marta Fuentes presented the latest developments in their research work.

Marta Vivar and Manuel Fuentes presented the latest developments in their research work in 'Hybrid Solar Photovoltaic-Photochemical Systems for Water Disinfection and Electricity Generation' and 'A Real Low-Cost, simple Datalogger for Renewable Energy Applications: Case of Photovoltaic Systems', organized by the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, from 14 to 18 July.

The countries of the Pacific Islands are especially vulnerable to climate change as well as extremely dependent on the supply of fossil fuels mainly due to its remoteness and isolation. The aim of the conference was to create a platform for the Pacific population in order to share knowledge and experience on these issues so that they can look for strategies to solve the problems associated with climate change in this region.

Research on purification and / or wastewater treatment using renewable energy given by the group of IMDEA Water may be an improvement on these islands where access to electricity is limited (fossil fuels must be transported to the islands, and price fluctuations affect more to the access), and where pollution discharges contributes to environmental degradation of these fragile ecosystems. On the other hand, the low cost dataloggers improve remote monitoring of facilities based on renewable energy (photovoltaic autonomous systems, miniwind, etc..), contributing to their better maintenance and increased proliferation in the islands. Moreover, its use for other environmental applications to help improve monitoring parameters indicative of climate change is being studied.

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