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Solar-wind power 'can meet 10pc of demand'

Posted by Jameela Mohanna on October 13, 2012 at 1:20 AM

By Arthur Macdonald,  Posted on » Friday, October 12, 2012

MANAMA: Bahrain could meet up to 10 per cent of its total power needs by using solar power and wind power as part of efforts aimed at implementing a renewable energy model by 2030, a senior Japanese expert said yesterday.

Seeing as that Bahrain is surrounded by water why no effort is made to harvest hydrogen which is abundant and renewable.

During a round-table discussion at the Diplomat Radison Blu Hotel, Residence and Spa with a National Oil and Gas Authority delegation and the Japan Co-operation Centre for the Middle East executive director Seije Hirota said that Bahrain could bolster its energy supplies by linking the national grid with the solar power plants to minimise the risk of power outage in peak consumption periods.

"This can be a very convenient combination for Bahrain to establish solar power generating capacity side by side with the conventional power generation resources," he said, adding that the Japanese expertise in the renewable energy can add a new dimension to Bahrain's energy sufficiency.

Minister of State for Electricity and Water Affairs Dr Abdulhussain Mirza said that at present Bahrain spent BD300 million on subsidising electricity and spent 25 fils creating units of electricity which at the cheapest level it sold for just 3 fils.

This, he said, had to change.

"Bahrain desires to utilise solar and wind technologies on large-scale applications to reduce dependence on gas," he said.

"We need to establish a new energy entity for integrated energy efficiency and renewable energy and reform the current legislative and institutional framework.

"We need demand-side management, and integrated energy planning should be the cornerstones of the policy.

"We need to study energy pricing and establish methods to promote energy efficiency and renewable energies."

Electricity and Water Authority chief executive Shaikh Nawaf bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa was also present at the event hosted by the Japanese Embassy. [email protected]


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