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Electrical Engineering

Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning District Cooling System-Project Benefits and Update

Date: 2016-02-17           Add to Google Calendar
Time: 6:30PM to 8PM
Location: i-Lab (Building 37)
Speaker: Victor Velasco, Senior Project Engineer, Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning

Sponsored by University of Hawaii IEEE Student Branch and IEEE Hawaii Section:

Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning (HSWAC) has been developing a Seawater Air Conditioning (SWAC) system to provide downtown Honolulu with 28,000 tons of cooling capacity. Using deep seawater from the Pacific Ocean as a natural heat sink, significant amounts of electricity and potable water will be conserved and fuel oil, emissions, refrigerant and chemical usage will be greatly reduced. This brief will provide information on the current status of the project, the benefits of renewably/sustainably generated chilled water, and a discussion of the challenges this project has been facing.

Bio: Victor Velasco is a Senior Project Engineer for Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning (HSWAC). HSWAC is developing a 28,000-ton district cooling system to provide a renewable source of chilled water for downtown Honolulu. His responsibilities include working in customer development and preparing for project construction. Prior to this position, he spent 20 years managing shore and ocean facilities for the US Navy in Naval Facilities Engineering Command and Civil Engineer Corps positions. He retired as a Commander having deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and serving in two additional overseas tours. He is a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of Hawaii. He holds a Master of Science in Ocean Engineering from the University of Hawaii and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida. He is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers and the American Society of Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineers. He volunteers with the Paepae o He’eia Fish Pond and the Waikahe`olu Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and is an avid surfer, sailor and fisherman.