Energy expert reviews global renewable energy trends, applicability in Palestine

Dozens of Palestinian engineers, professors, and engineering students explored the realities of renewable energy production in the world and in Palestine in a lecture led by Bassam Dally, deputy director of the Centre for Energy Technology at the University of Adelaide in Australia, on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. 

Organized by the Union of Palestinian Engineers’ Australia branch and held via videoconference, the lecture included students and professors from Birzeit University, An-Najah National University, the Palestine Polytechnic University, and the Islamic University of Gaza in addition to engineers from the engineers association in Ramallah. 

Dally gave a brief introduction of the Centre for Energy Technology that cooperates with industry leaders, government agencies, and research centers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop new technologies to replace existing carbon emitting systems.

“The demand for renewable energy is rising exponentially; at the current rate of production, we will face a clean energy deficit in the near future,” said Dally, reviewing global trends in renewable energy demand and production. He emphasized that research and development should also focus on methods that maximize the efficiency of traditional energy sources. 

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Dally closed the lecture with a discussion of renewable energy sources such as hydropower, wind, solar, and geothermal heat, explaining ways to harness them in a sustainable, eco-friendly fashion in Palestine.