13 April 2011
Professor lures global energy congress to Australia
The first global International All Energy Congress will be held in Australia later this year, thanks to a leading RMIT University researcher.
Professor Sylvester Abanteriba is Regional President of the International Energy Foundation.
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The International Energy Foundation (IEF), which deals with all forms of energy and operates across 175 countries, is hosting the event in Sydney in November.
It will be organised by RMIT’s Professor Sylvester Abanteriba, who is the foundation’s Regional President.
The congress will deliberate over one of the world’s most urgent problems - the efficient generation and use of energy, with minimum adverse impact on the environment.
Energy sources include coal, diesel and petrol, nuclear and hydropower as well as renewables - solar, wind, geothermal - and alternatives such as hydrogen, bio-fuels, gaseous fuels and alcohols.
Professor Abanteriba is also Director of the RMIT International Industry Experience and Research Program (RIIERP) and Research Leader/Professor of Propulsion Systems in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.
He said: "Industry, academia and the community will examine the issues of development and sustainable use of all forms of energy, carbon credits trading and the protection of the environment.
"Rather than limiting the debate to saints and sinners, the focus is on how human ingenuity can mitigate risk and make the benefits of all energy possible.
"This is particularly relevant given recent events in Japan," Professor Abanteriba said.
The congress will bring together high-profile participants from renowned research institutes in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia, as well as:
- The United Nations Industrial Development Organization
- The United Nations Environment Programme
- The United National Development Programme
- The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
- The International Atomic Energy Agency
RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said that the development and efficient use of energy was linked to the University’s research focus on solving the critical global problems affecting communities and the environment.
"As a global university of technology and design, it is essential for academics at RMIT to engage actively with the needs of industry.
"I congratulate Professor Abanteriba on bringing the congress to Australia and encourage academics, industry and government to be part of the first International All Energy Congress," Professor Gardner said.
The congress will provide companies with the opportunity to promote their energy technologies to regions with conditions suitable for their optimum use.
Participating organisations will have the opportunity to evaluate benchmarks of energy technologies world-wide against their own.
The IEF is a non-profit body consisting of scientists, researchers, engineers and industrialists from around the globe.
The mission is to facilitate the research and development, production, transfer of technology in all areas of energy with special emphasis on helping developing countries.