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The SWIO-Energy project (Solar and Wind Energy in the  Indian Ocean) is an innovative regional cooperation project that is part of the current collective effort to adapt to climate change and mitigate its effects in the energy sector.

It involves three structures:

  • The ENERGY-lab / LE2P laboratory, University of La Réunion
  • The Department of Physics, University of Mauritius
  • The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Laboratory, University of Mascareignes, Mauritius.

This 36-month project, unique to Reunion Island and the South-West Indian Ocean (SOOI), proposes to implement an innovative analytical approach to carry out climate analyses on solar and wind energy variability in the SOOI area, in particular on the islands of Reunion and Mauritius at different time scales: intraday, intra-seasonal, interannual.

The specificities of this project lie in the elaboration and analysis of climate simulations for the future (middle and end of the century) and on a fine spatial scale, which is of great interest especially for the actors working on the energy independence of La Réunion and Mauritius.