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APUA Moving Toward Alternative Energy

Two trainee engineers from APUA attended an  International Training Workshop on Solar Energy Application for Developing Countries late last year.

Garfield Pigott and Tesfa Francis were in Lanzhou, China, from September 22 until November 16. They joined 36 participants from 22 countries including Afghanistan, Liberia, Namibia, Nigeria, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Serbia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Egypt, Fiji Islands, Vanuatu, and Burundi.

The workshop covered a range of topics including Photovoltaic Technology Application, a method of generating electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity using solar panels.

Another topic explored was that of Solar Energy Sea Water Desalination Technology, which examines ways in which solar energy can be used to desalinate water. Solar Architecture, and Building Integrated Solar Systems were also covered. Specific design details and calculations were done to incorporate solar energy technology into buildings for a wide range of benefits. The engineers also had the opportunity to visit a variety of power producers and manufacturers.

The APUA representatives were also a part of an International Solar and Wind Energy Forum on November 7, 2010. Present at this forum were the vice governor of Gansu Province, directors of the leading science and research institutes, experts, and senior engineers. Pigott and Francis were among four countries selected to present a research paper they had submitted. The paper was titled “Solar Potential in Antigua & Barbuda,” and looked at the possibilities of exploring renewable
sources of energy in the island.

Coming out of this presentation, Antigua & Barbuda was selected to sign a memorandum of cooperation. Pigott signed along with Xi Wenhua, director-general of Gansu Natural Energy Research Institute (GNERI).


The memorandum makes provision for the GNERI to assist APUA in resolving problems in integrating solar systems into its energy portfolio. The GNERI will also be able to provide assistance in purchasing products or equipment for projects in this area.

As countries move toward reducing their carbon footprint, reducing the dependency on fossil fuel power generation and reducing national expenditure due to the continuous rise in fuel prices, renewable energy technology is becoming even more important. This workshop has provided more indepth insight on the possibilities of implementing renewable energy in Antigua & Barbuda.


Source: Caribena Antigua



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