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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.
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Exploring public attitudes toward seawater air conditioning in Hawai‘i
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- December 2014