The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) is supporting the so-called Deep Ocean Water Applications (DOWA) project to develop the 'sea water air conditioning' system. The system takes cold sea water from the Indian Ocean to cool buildings in Port Louis' business district and properties nearby.
When finished, the new system will replace air conditioning systems which use 30MW of electricity with the sea water system which will use only 4MW. The saved power will be used for other purposes and it will increase the island's 'reserve margin' of electricity making power supply more reliable. The project team expects the new system will save 40,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year and create 40 direct jobs for local engineers and technicians.
“As the continent transitions toward green and inclusive growth models, innovative solutions such at this pioneering project hold the key to future cost, energy and carbon savings in countries which suffer from unreliable and insufficient energy supply.
"The first of its kind on the continent, the African Development Bank encourages more projects of this nature which unlock the potential of renewable energy, while improving people's livelihoods and safeguarding the environment.”