Faculty Advisor

Lemone, Karen A.

Faculty Advisor

Shockey, Ingrid K

Project Center

San Juan, Puerto Rico


The Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) has proposed the construction of a reverse osmosis water treatment plant in Arecibo. This plant requires a large amount of energy, which can be expensive and harmful to the environment. We evaluated the feasibility of alternative energy by performing site analyses, estimating the costs and amount of energy produced, assessing the environmental impacts, and conducting a cost benefit analysis. We then made a recommendation to PRASA about which renewable energy sources would be most advantageous to implement.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2009

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Computer Science

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs