On seacoast and island communities around Paraíso in the Dominican Republic, roads, bridges, and ports built on beaches are often destroyed by storms and tidal waves. With a DM grant, the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henrique Urena will use an underwater mechanical apparatus to reduce the force of ocean waves and convert the wave energy into electricity.

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Objectives: 

To utilize an innovative wave energy converter (WEC) technology in a selected coastal community beach or infrastructure at risk of being hit by waves during storms, in order to determine its effectiveness in lowering the power of waves reaching the coast.

Rationale: 
Island countries in the Caribbean and other tropical regions have many small communities and key infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, and ports, that are positioned close to or on the beach or waterfront, and are thus very exposed to storm surges and high waves. The Municipality of Paraiso in Barahona province has many of such communities.
Innovation / Expected Results: 

The innovative dimensions of the project include promoting and introducing new wave energy conversion technologies to mitigate the impacts of waves on communities, beaches, and key infrastructure caused by rising seas and stronger and more frequent storms and hurricanes, and introducing the generation and distribution of electric power based on ocean-renewable resources.