University of Exeter students tour Light and Power plants
IT WAS AN amalgamation of good business relations and information exchange on renewable energy when The Barbados Light & Power Company facilitated a tour for 30 people from the United Kingdom, hosted by The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Campus.
The group of 27 students and three staff members from the University of Exeter toured the electric utility’s generating plants.
The third year students are pursuing various disciplines in the energy engineering field and are conducting research projects on renewable energy options for the island.
According to Manager Communication and Government Relations, Jackie Marshall Clarke: “This opportunity underscored that relationships are crucial to business success and UWI is a strategic partner for Light & Power. We are always seeking opportunities to find common interest, to collaborate, to build and to achieve results. In addition, the dialogue on clean, renewable energy is global and it’s meaningful to talk with others whose focus is the same.”
Dr Tom Rogers, Lecturer and Lead Researcher on renewable and wind energy facilitated the UWI tour, said “the students appreciated the trip to the utility’s first solar plant at Trents. They gained a lot of useful information about the plant’s operations and were even given a glimpse of the Lamberts site, a short distance away, and proposed for the development of wind generation on the island. The insight gained from Light & Power and their future vision was invaluable”.
Wind energy is a well proven technology around the world and the cost of wind is competitive with conventional forms of electricity generation. Solar energy and the development of wind energy are aligned with Light & Power’s clean energy vision and the national strategy of greening to reduce the dependence on imported fossil fuel and move towards a renewable energy future.
Richard Cochrane, Director of Education for the University of Exeter’s Renewable energy group was full of praise for Barbados and light & Power, stating that “small island states have the potential to offer the rest of the world great insight into how we can decarbonize our global energy systems through greater uptake of renewable sources such as wind and solar energy. It has been brilliant for our students to visit Barbados and see firsthand how a national energy system could be transformed”. (PR)