On the Marine Energy Resources of Mexico
AbstractThe Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Mexico offer a variety of marine energy sources for exploitation. Although the Mexican government has made important efforts to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, national participation in clean energies is still limited in terms of electricity production. This paper presents a practical theoretical assessment of marine energy sources around Mexico, with the aim of identifying potential zones for subsequent, more detailed, technical evaluations and project implementations. The energy sources considered are ocean currents, waves, salinity, and thermal gradients. Using global databases, the percentages of energy availability for the defined thresholds were computed to establish the prospective regions with the most persistent power availability. This approach proved to offer more meaningful information than simple averaged values. Moreover, some environmental and socio-economic factors to be considered for future ocean energy resource assessments in Mexico were also discussed. The results show that the wave energy potential is highest in the northwest of Mexico (~2–10 kW/m for more than 50% of the time), and that there is a constant source of ocean current energy off Quintana Roo state (~32–215 W/m2 for more than 50% of the time). The thermal gradient power is more persistent in the southwest and southeast of the country, where ~100–200 MW can be found 70% of the time. The salinity gradient energy is strongest in the southeast of Mexico. The practical approach presented here can be extended to perform preliminary resources assessments in regions where information is scarce. View Full-Text
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Hernández-Fontes, J.V.; Felix, A.; Mendoza, E.; Cueto, Y.R.; Silva, R. On the Marine Energy Resources of Mexico. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2019, 7, 191.
Hernández-Fontes JV, Felix A, Mendoza E, Cueto YR, Silva R. On the Marine Energy Resources of Mexico. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 2019; 7(6):191.Chicago/Turabian Style
Hernández-Fontes, Jassiel V.; Felix, Angélica; Mendoza, Edgar; Cueto, Yandy R.; Silva, Rodolfo. 2019. "On the Marine Energy Resources of Mexico." J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 7, no. 6: 191.
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