Tech transfer, R&D will help in RE use

Saturday, March 10, 2012 01:58 AM    Views : 1057by:RIZAL RAOUL REYE

TECHNOLOGY transfer and sustained research and development efforts will play a major role in the Philippines’s transition toward utilizing renewable energy (RE), Sen. Edgardo Angara said.
Angara, author of the Renewable Energy Act of 2008 (Republic Act 9516), made the statement recently at a press conference at the first EU-Philippines Dialogue on Energy, reiterating the huge potential of renewable-energy sources throughout the country.

“If these resources are fully tapped, we can provide for almost all our future electricity and power needs,” said Angara, chairman of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology (Comste). “Of course, that requires not only massive amounts of investment but also meaningful technology transfer,” said Angara in a press statement.

The veteran lawmaker from Aurora province said the EU is probably the most advanced in terms of both policy applications and research and development for renewable energy.

“This is why I think this undertaking between the EU and the Philippines is a very wonderful initiative and should not just be a one-off affair. We turn to them to invest in our RE industry, but more so to create the opportunity for us to share the information and technical wisdom to venture into newer RE technologies,” said Angara.

Renewable energy is a form of energy sourced from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides and geothermal heat, which are renewable or naturally replenished.

In the same press conference, Energy Secretary Jose Almendras said the Philippines is a very ideal venue for ocean technology, noting that many of the world’s largest ocean technology facilities are found in Europe.

In an earlier presentation, Almendras cited the innovation cluster initiative of Comste as a possible opportunity for the country to undertake R&D to help make energy projects more economically viable.

Headed by Angara, Comste has been pushing for the establishment of innovation clusters"public-private partnerships among government, academe and industry to conduct R&D for solving national issues.

“I’m optimistic that many RE experts in the EU are willing to collaborate with our government agencies, universities and even our industries in conducting research and [technology] transfer,” Angara said.

“But we, at home, must first get ourselves organized and lay down the firm foundation for meaningful international collaboration to allow R&D to flourish. Anyway, R&D nowadays ought to be global"born out of an international network. There is no need to reinvent the wheel if that wheel has already been developed in Spain, Germany, France, or in Austria.”

(Rizal Raoul Reyes)


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