TRC organizes workshop on sustainable energy concepts

Muscat: Solar thermal systems, basics and applications of photovoltaic systems, energy market in Germany, Integration and planning of solar energy, geothermal resources of the Arabian plate, and energy efficient constructions and eco houses are some of the topics discussed in the workshop organized by the Research Council (TRC), represented by the Institute of Advanced Technology Integration (IATI), in cooperation with Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers and Sultan Qaboos University, are conducting a workshop on sustainable energy concepts at SQU.

The workshop, which is held from September 2 to 6, aims to give an overview of possible usage of renewable energies in Oman and in general the countries on the Arabian Peninsula. The workshop is an interdisciplinary course, which focuses on the development of geothermal energy, solar thermal energy, and absorption chilling technology in the region.

Delivering his lecture on energy market in Germany, Prof. Dr. Rutger Schlatmann, Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Berlin, discussed the transition that is going on in the German market, the sectors that the energy market can be split to, which are electricity, heating and mobility.

According to Prof. Schlatmann, the new long-term goals set by the German Federal Government aims at the secure supply of clean energy at low cost.

Prof. Schlatmann concluded his lecture stating that German energy market is still a traditional market based on fossil sources, but in transition to a renewable energy market. He said that there are tremendous worldwide business opportunities for sustainable energy.

According to Prof. Schlatmann, there is market pressure toward rapid introduction of next generation technologies, but no unknown breakthroughs needed.

In his welcome address, Dr. Zahran Al-Salti from SQU described the lecture as an opportunity for participants to learn from the German experience, exchange and share knowledge and ideas.

In her presentation, on behalf of IATI on energy landscape in Oman, Dr. Sausan Al Riyami, spoke about the shifting of generation sources from traditional fossil fuel toward renewable energy, energy consumption, energy conservation for building, TRC initiatives in energy and summarized a study on renewable energy resources.