Maldives Island Chain Considers Renewable Energy

The closing ceremony on designing and establishing systems to generate electricity using renewable energy sources was held this week in the Maldives. The workshop which was conducted under assistance of the United States Agency for International Development Fund was held from 19th to the 22nd of last month.vv

Male, The Maldives – August 6, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] The closing ceremony on designing and establishing systems to generate electricity using renewable energy sources was held this week in the Maldives. The workshop which was conducted under assistance of the United States Agency for International Development Fund was held from 19th to the 22nd of last month. Consisting of 1,190 coral islands grouped into 26 atolls in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are well poised to take advantage of renewable energy systems which prove themselves particularly well-suited to powering remote locations. Officials from concerned authorities and technical personnel participated in the workshop. The first two days of the workshop were aimed at officials and technical personnel while the last two days focused on the technical personnel who would be trained in the systems design. A team comprising two trained personnel, three officials from the Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology and two participants from the State Electric Company, visited two islands on a surveying mission. The Ministry reports that the research confirms the possibility of using renewable energy sources such as air, solar heat/radiation and biomass, in generating electricity in the Maldives. The Ministry also reports that further research will be conducted to assess the sustainability of employing renewable energy sources in the country. The mission was scheduled from July 28 – 31 July, in Mandhoo of South Ari Atoll and Thinadhoo of Felidhi Atoll. The team identified electricity use patterns in households during 24 hours, by generating load curves and analyzed the types of electrical appliances and the types of energy that could be used. The training was conducted by experts from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratories, Iyan Barringold and Aliya Gandhoor. In addition to the participants from the Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology, the Ministry of Atolls Development, Ministry of Home Affairs and Environment, Ministry of Planning and National Development, State Electric Company Limited, Dhivehiraajeyge Gulhun Pvt. Ltd and the UNDP also participated in the workshop.
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