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Gulf nations plan to go for renewable energy

Oct 18, 2010 - McClatchy-Tribune

Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) is trying to set up a Centre of Excellence in Renewable Energy Research in the Gulf region that could meet at least 10 per cent of electricity demands from solar and renewable energy mechanism by 2015-2020.

The centre will exchange all renewable energy related research, mechanism and expertise among the GCC countries targeting to achieve 7-10 per cent energy requirements from renewable energy system, announced Majid Al Mansouri, secretary general of EAD.

Representatives from UNESCO, ISESCO and six Gulf countries will meet on Friday to discuss the establishment of this centre in one of the Gulf countries, Al Mansouri said.

A five-day conference on renewable energy, titled 'Eleventh World Renewable Energy Congress and Exhibition 2010', will start from Sept. 26 at Armed Forces Club in Abu Dhabi in which over 500 renewable energy experts and researchers will take part.

The conference will aim to network among the GCC countries and the world for green building and renewable energy projects.

Professor Ali Al Sayigh, chairman of the World Renewable Energy Congress and director-general of World Renewable Energy Nations, said the congress would discuss about biomass conversion technology, fuel cell, hydrogen, intelligent energy systems, geothermal applications, low energy architecture, ocean energy, photovoltaic technology, radiation, wind energy and solar materials.

"Our aim is to set up one centre in each GCC country for better coordination. We need to activate them to generate renewable energy. This is one of the recommendations we are going to put in the conference", Al Sayigh said.

Al Sayigh said the UAE and other GCC countries have plenty of sun than Europe and it's far valuable source of energy than oil as oil has to finish at some extent of time.

"It you are going to put up solar system for energy production in 200X200 kilometres, it would be sufficient to produce electricity for entire Europe. So, think, how much desert is available with GCC countries and we don't use it," Al Sayigh said.

"We will be communicating among ourselves where to establish its headquarter later on. All these centres are to be set up under auspices of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO).

"Germany aims by 2020 to obtain 30 per cent of electricity requirements from renewable energy mechanism. Germany does not have much sun as the UAE, Saudi Arabia or other GCC countries. So why not us," Al Sayigh said.

On September 25, there will be a workshop on energy agenda and poverty reduction in which women can learn about energy saving and poverty reducing methodologies. Women from 18 countries will participate in it, Al Sayigh said.


Updated: 2003/07/28