Application of renewable energy for environmental management
Thomas, M.H. (1998) Application of renewable energy for environmental management. In: Koffel, P., Lowe, B., Ho, G., Newman, P., Tjaturono, and Sedyowati, L., (eds.) Environmental technology : applications in principle and practice : proceedings of an International Symposium held at Merdeka University, Malang, Indonesia, July 1-3 1996. Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia, pp. 51-60.
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The author, a past President of the Institution of Engineers, Australia and the Federation of Engineering Institutions of South East Asia and the Pacific (FEISEAP) is the Interim Managing Director and Chairman of the newly formed Australian Co-operative Research Centre for Renewable Energy located at Murdoch University in Western Australia. The paper first describes the origins, the mission and the objectives of the CRC.
The paper then explains the dynamics of the CRC, the technologies they intend to develop and the synergistic relationships they expect to enter into. The relevance of the CRC's work both to Australia's indigenous and outback pastoral communities and also to the communities of the Asia Pacific region, many of whom lack reliable power supplies, is then discussed.
The author believes that the opportunities for mutual collaboration between Australia and Indonesia in the application of renewable energy have never been better. He sees a strong relationship between the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Renewable Energy and Merdeka University as being an important and potentially fruitful part of such a strategy.
The recent award in Jakarta of an Honorary Fellowship of the Institution of Engineers, Australia to Ir. Habibe as part of the Indonesia-Australia Engineers Enhancement Program strongly underpins the growing technological relationships between Indonesia and Australia of which the affordable and reliable renewable energy systems are but one.
The paper concludes with the author's hope and expectation for a more united international co-operative approach to the development of the world's renewable energy industries. Not only are they essential if we are to make an impact on greenhouse gas abatement, but also if we are to bring the prospect of reliable electricity supplies to those who have none now and may not expect them from conventional fossil sources for decades to come.
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