Workshop on renewable energy underway at UPNG

A two-day workshop on renewable energy is underway at the University of Papua New Guinea.

The workshop is conducted by European Platform for Intelligent Cities' (EPIC) from September 5-6.

It involves stakeholders from PNG Power, Energy and Petroleum, Climate Change Development Authority and business houses.

The EPIC project which began in 2013 and has two specific outcomes, to create a master program for renewable energy management and the creation of a Centre of renewable energy in PNG.

EPIC project manager Professor Dr Oana Driha of the University of Alicante in Spain, said the aim of these training sessions is to ensure capacity building for staff of the new Centre, business community representatives and government authorities.

The training is run by Professor Driha and Dr. Mario Guilló of the University of Alicante. Guilló is also an international expert in foresight.

Professor Driha said: “The idea is to make this three stakeholders work together mainly for making sure that they’re going to be able to design the sector of renewable energy for PNG.

“They’re going to be able to have a strategic plan according to the needs of PNG.”

The workshop follows on from 2015 PNG Clean and Energy Conference spearheaded by the Physics Department through the School of Natural and Physical Sciences and supported by UPNG.

The conference held last year attracted a string of participants and international presenters along with sponsors from all sectors and was hailed an enormous success.  

This workshop comprises of two categories of participants.

They’re participants interested in increasing capacity in energy planning and policy, and participants interested in enrolling in the soon-to-be approved Master of Science in Renewable Energy Management (MScREM).

Quintina Naime