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RISE Center Holds Lecture Entitled, "Synergies between Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency: Untapped Potentials in Different Socioeconomic Sectors"

The Center for Research in Informatics, Sciences and Engineering (RISE) at AUK invited the Director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the United States, Dr. Martin Keller, to give a lecture entitled "Synergies between Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency: Untapped Potentials in Different Socioeconomic Sectors." The lecture was open to all members of the AUK community and the public.

Commencing with welcoming remarks from RISE Director Dr. Amir Zeid, the talk explored global energy trends and the driving momenta toward sustainable energy transition in the region for both users and suppliers of clean energy technologies. "I'm delighted we get to highlight and advocate a positive stance for change where the drive for clean energy is concerned," he said, "Awareness is essential to positive transition. That's what we aspire to establish."

The lecture discussed the issue of energy supply diversification and efficiency, with an emphasis on demand abatement options and the integration of new and renewable energy resources. "The MENA region's energy consumption rates per capita are among the highest in the world, a result of rapid economic and demographic growth, wasteful habits and an environment that requires major energy investments in power generation and efficiency measures to constrain consumptions," Keller remarked on the region's extents of reliance on oil and natural gas. "Natural gas is expected to remain the dominant fuel in the energy mix for the foreseeable future, responsible for a projected 71 percent of generation capacity by 2030," he noted, emphasizing that clean energy is key to maintaining sustainable development. The lecture also tackled the region's quest for transition to more balanced developmental models, where increasing interests in renewable energy and energy efficiency are essential.

In addition to being the Director of NREL, Keller is also President of the alliance which manages the laboratory of the Department of Energy. Prior to joining NREL, he served as Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environmental Sciences at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He earned his doctorate in Microbiology (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Regensburg in Germany, and was appointed a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2013. Keller also serves on multiple boards and advisory panels, including the Science Advisory Board for the Council on Competitiveness.

The AUK Center for Research in Informatics, Sciences, and Engineering (RISE) serves as AUK's primary source for research and development activities, a bridge to industry, and an important venue for community outreach. RISE adapts an integrative model by forging connections between academic disciplines, local & international innovators, academia & industry, as well as technology & society.

Images from the Event

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 1st May 2016

Photography by the Office of Public Affairs (C) 2016

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