SQU, RAP-Green Sign Cooperation Agreement
- Dec 3, 2018 10:07 pm GMT
Energy (RAP-Green) signed a Research and Development Cooperation
The cooperation agreement aims to support the development of
electricity storage in the Sultanate of
distinctive capabilities of both the SERC and RAP-Green.
The partnership aims to leverage the expertise of the SERC and
SQU in advanced research, policy-making, and nurturing top talent in
the domain of renewable energy technologies. To assist the university
in achieving this, RAP-Green intends to use its extensive experience in
the development of renewable energy assets, gained through its
pioneering role in offshore wind farms in
track record in the development of electricity storage projects. Storage
enables the “time-shift” of renewable energy from the moment it is
produced (i.e. when the sun shines or the wind blows) to the moment it
is needed, such as when manufacturers produce goods, or when
households use their ACs.
Both the SERC and RAP-Green are convinced that electricity
storage is the cornerstone of a successful energy transition and that,
with the best assets to develop this technology on a large scale. This
will create added value in
cheaper and cleaner renewable energy from wind and solar sources.
The partnership has been established with an objective to not only
The SQU and RAP-Green collaboration encompasses the following
areas of mutual interest: to facilitate and support the development of
storage projects and unlock their potential benefits for
strengthening the sultanate’s competitive position in the regional
energy and power system; to strengthen the position of the SERC as
the regional reference research institute in terms of energy transition
and storage; to support the development of market and export
opportunities for a local industry and consulting sector, benefiting from
a forefront position on innovative projects in
future generations of SQU graduates and postgraduate students with
research opportunities in the field of electricity storage and prepare
them for serving the local and international industry/consulting sector.
Commenting on the importance of the cooperation agreement, Dr.
Postgraduate Studies and Research said that the University has shown
a strong commitment to the development of renewable energy
technologies within the country. “This can be witnessed by the
establishment of the university’s
and plans to make SQU a green campus in the near future. The
collaborative effort between the SERC and RAP-Green, which has wide
and varied expertise in developing combined renewable and more
traditional energy sources with storage, outlined in this agreement is an
important step forward in bringing cheaper and greener energy to
commitment of RAP-Green to the Sultanate of
energy research and innovation in the country.”
their organization is very proud to start a long-term partnership with the
vision about the energy transition, and on opportunities for
become the largest regional player in terms of electricity storage, by
relying on to the great geographical assets of
need to build leadership and expertise in sustainability among its youth
to the benefit of the sultanate”, he said.
The SERC was established at
response to the increasingly complex nature of Oman’s energy
demand, including growing populations, increasing wealth levels,
changing attitudes towards government support, and the potential
environmental impact of global climate change on
SERC was established by the university with the aim of building a
leading research center that encourages the creation of new and
sustainable energy solutions in the sultanate and the region.
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