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Seychelles explores renewable energy partnership with University of Auckland Empty Seychelles explores renewable energy partnership with University of Auckland

Post  Sirop14 on Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:02 pm

Seychelles explores renewable energy partnership with University of Auckland

01-September-2014
President James Michel on Saturday visited the University of Auckland Faculty of Engineering as part of his official visit to New Zealand.

The President met the Dean of the Faculty, Professor Nicholas Smith, and other faculty staff.

Their discussions centred on the university’s research into renewable energy such solar energy, geothermal energy, wind power and bio-fuel.

They also discussed the latest technology for energy storage and distribution, such as smart grids, solar energy batteries and cost-effective implementation of renewable energy schemes.

The President said that opportunities exist for partnerships to be created between the University of Seychelles and University of Auckland as well as the Seychelles Energy Commission, for energy studies and related courses which would ensure that future generations of Seychellois engineers are able to develop renewable energy as a major source for the country.

“We have already started with wind power, and now we must develop our solar energy capabilities on a larger scale. With the expertise and partnership of the University of Auckland, I believe we can chart a clearer path in our journey to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and maximise the potential for clean energy exploitation,” said President Michel.

The President and his delegation were given a presentation by the university faculty team, and it was agreed that future cooperation would be developed in the near future.

The President also met Myra Laporte, senior economist from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who is currently undertaking a Masters in Development Studies at the University of Auckland, with research focused on the Blue Economy.

Presiden Michel encouraged Ms Laporte to excel in her studies, as her knowledge would be a valuable asset in the development of the country for a sustainable future.

The University of Auckland is ranked in the top 100 universities of the world by QS World University Rankings.

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