Barriers and solutions to the development of renewable energy technologies for power generation on Caribbean island states19. August 2014
Control Methods for Microgrids (Möhrke et al. 2014)2. September 2014
Philipp Blechinger, Katharina Richter
MES 2014 Symposium"Innovating Energy Access for Remote Areas: Discovering untapped resources" at UC Berkeley, USA
Despite large amounts of readily available renewable energy, island states in the Caribbean are still heavily dependent on mostly imported fossil fuels for their energy production. Making use of empirical analyses, this paper explores the barriers to the development of RE for power generation in the Caribbean, and outlines a strategy of how to overcome these barriers. Semi-structured interviews with three "super-experts" serve to supplement the findings of a preceding literature review. Approximately 30 experts are consulted to confirm and rank the identified barriers to RE according to their importance. The end-product of this study is a ranking matrix that will serve as a strategy instrument for decision-makers, who are then able to prioritise barriers and initiate their removal.