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Exploring public attitudes toward seawater air conditioning in Hawai'i

Seawater air conditioning (SWAC) has the potential to reduce the energy demand for air conditioning by 75–90%. This article reports the findings of a mail survey sent to residents of the Hawaiian island of O‘ahu investigating attitudes toward SWAC and opinions of installing a system in Waik¯ık¯ı. Results show that while only 55% of O‘ahu residents were previously aware of SWAC, 62% supported its development in Waikıkı and just 7% opposed. Of those familiar with the technology, support rose to 69%. However, when compared to eight other low-carbon energy options, SWAC ranked second to last. Concern exists about the potential environmental impacts of SWAC, particularly with regard to reef damage and algae production.

Exploring public attitudes toward seawater air conditioning in Hawai‘i
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Publication Date
December 2014