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UWI to introduce two Masters Programmes in renewable energy

UWI offering Master’s in energy

TWO MASTER’S PROGRAMMES in renewable energy are to be introduced at the campuses of the University of the West Indies (UWI).

Dr Indra Haraksingh, lecturer in the Faculty of Science and Agriculture at the St Augustine Campus of UWI, speaking at a three-day workshop on renewable energies with a special focus on biogas in the FirstCaribbean Suite at the Cave Hill Campus, said the programmes were being developed to deal with the scarcity of suitably qualified people in the area of renewable energy technologies.

She said that a Master’s degree programme in renewable energy would be made available at all the campuses, with a Master’s degree in renewable energy management being offered initially in Barbados.

Haraksingh explained that the area of renewable energy was growing fairly rapidly in the region and special care needed to be taken to ensure the capacity was there to cope with the expansion.

Speaking specifically about biogas, the lecturer said: “[Biogas] is another form of renewable energy and you have good prospects for biogas development in Barbados.

“Barbados is a country that has moved forward in some aspects of renewable energies. The water heating industry is one of the best developed in the world and we are looking through these two projects to improve the implementation of renewable energy.”

Tom Rogers, lecturer in renewable energy at UWI’s Cave Hill Campus organized the workshop through the University of Flensburg in Germany and its Inees project. He said interest in biogas had been growing, especially from the farmers, the water sector and the rum industry.

Rogers added that there had been attempts to get the industry up and running in the past, but it is an area that is often neglected when compared with wind power and photovoltaic power but more farmers are looking at biogas as a way to generate power.

Professor Dr Jens Born, of the Chemical Technology of Renewable Resources Department at Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, spoke of the stability of biogas when compared to other renewable energies.

“We believe that bioenergy, especially biogas, is a very important complementary energy source when compared to those other energy sources which are fluctuating, like wind and solar energy, because we can store the gas, then we can have the electricity later on if we need it,” he said. (LK)


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