AUK, KISR host sym­po­sium on re­new­able energy

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Ben Gar­cia

KUWAIT: The Amer­i­can University of Kuwait (AUK) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Kuwait In­sti­tute for Sci­en­tific Re­search (KISR) or­ga­nized a ‘Re­new­able Energy Sym­po­sium and Ex­hi­bi­tion’ yes­ter­day. The event fea­tured five re­new­able energy ex­perts from sci­en­tific in­sti­tutes and the oil sec­tor. AUK Pres­i­dent Nizar Hamza said the world has been grad­u­ally shift­ing to re­new­able en­er­gies. “Sci­en­tists be­lieve that the tran­si­tion has been sooner rather than later. How­ever, making this shift needs pro­found col­lab­o­ra­tion by ev­ery­one in­clud­ing gov­ern­ments, ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes and in­dus­tries,” he said.

In his pre­sen­ta­tion, en­ti­tled ‘Role of Re­new­able Energy in Eco­nomic Sus­tain­abil­ity and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment in Kuwait’, KISR Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Energy and Build­ing Re­search Cen­ter Dr Salem Al-Ha­jraf noted that re­new­able energy is the fu­ture and that Kuwait adopted it a few years back. “With­out energy, we can­not sur­vive. We have it in Kuwait in abun­dance, but we need to sus­tain it that for our next gen­er­a­tions. We are liv­ing in one world and we need to pro­tect it and what­ever nat­u­ral re­sources we have,” he said.

Ha­jraf said that peo­ple need enough re­sources in or­der to sur­vive. “Pop­u­la­tion growth re­quires more wa­ter, more power and more raw ma­te­ri­als, so we need more energy. Energy demand tells as that by 2035 and be­yond, fos­sil fu­els will be scarce, so nat­u­ral gas demand will in­crease fur­ther. Oil ex­port­ing coun­tries like us must not be wor­ried be­cause our num­ber one prod­uct will be af­fected. We have abun­dant nat­u­ral re­sources like so­lar energy. If we in­vest now, we can sup­ply the needs of the world,” he added.

Very high

Ha­jraf said elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion in Kuwait is very high com­pared to other coun­tries. “In Kuwait, we have al­ready started ex­plor­ing the jour­ney to re­new­able energy by set­ting a tar­get of 15 per­cent elec­tric­ity gen­er­ated from re­new­able energy and op­ti­miz­ing con­sump­tion to the low­est pos­si­ble level by 2030. We have re­new­able projects on­go­ing now. Kuwait can gen­er­ate high yields on these projects and we can cre­ate a new mar­ket,” he said.

Ha­jraf has more than 23 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in var­i­ous sci­en­tific re­search fields in­clud­ing re­new­able energy and clean energy tech­nolo­gies, fea­si­bil­ity and en­vi­ron­ment stud­ies. The sym­po­sium yes­ter­day also saw pre­sen­ta­tions from Dr Osamah Al-Sayegh (Kuwait Energy Strat­egy 2035), Dr Ay­man Al-Qat­tan (Re­new­able Energy Tech­nol­ogy De­ploy­ment Chal­lenges) Dr Suad Rad­wan (So­lar Energy in the Oil Sec­tor) and Dr Mark Speece (Energy Tran­si­tion and Role of En­tre­pre­neur­ial Busi­ness Pro­gram) . The au­di­to­rium was also used for the dis­play of re­new­able energy sam­ples, so­lar pan­els and other re­search para­pher­na­lia.

KUWAIT: Nizar Hamza, AUK Pres­i­dent de­liv­ers a speech dur­ing the open­ing of the sym­po­sium yes­ter­day.

—Photos by Joseph Sha­gra

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