SQU, RAP-Green Sign Cooperation Agreement

Muscat, The Sustainable Energy Research Center

(SERC) at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) and Rent-A-Port Green

Energy (RAP-Green) signed a Research and Development Cooperation

Agreement today.

The cooperation agreement aims to support the development of

electricity storage in the Sultanate of Oman by bringing together the

distinctive capabilities of both the SERC and RAP-Green.

The partnership aims to leverage the expertise of the SERC and

SQU in advanced research, policy-making, and nurturing top talent in

the domain of renewable energy technologies. To assist the university

in achieving this, RAP-Green intends to use its extensive experience in

the development of renewable energy assets, gained through its

pioneering role in offshore wind farms in Europe, along with its strong

track record in the development of electricity storage projects. Storage

enables the time-shift of renewable energy from the moment it is

produced (i.e. when the sun shines or the wind blows) to the moment it

is needed, such as when manufacturers produce goods, or when

households use their ACs.

Both the SERC and RAP-Green are convinced that electricity

storage is the cornerstone of a successful energy transition and that,

within the Middle East region, the Sultanate of Oman has been gifted

with the best assets to develop this technology on a large scale. This

will create added value in Oman by enabling a massive transition to

cheaper and cleaner renewable energy from wind and solar sources.

The partnership has been established with an objective to not only

serve Oman primarily, but also to benefit the region as a whole.

The SQU and RAP-Green collaboration encompasses the following

areas of mutual interest: to facilitate and support the development of

storage projects and unlock their potential benefits for Oman while

strengthening the sultanate’s competitive position in the regional

energy and power system; to strengthen the position of the SERC as

the regional reference research institute in terms of energy transition

and storage; to support the development of market and export

opportunities for a local industry and consulting sector, benefiting from

a forefront position on innovative projects in Oman; and to provide

future generations of SQU graduates and postgraduate students with

research opportunities in the field of electricity storage and prepare

them for serving the local and international industry/consulting sector.

Commenting on the importance of the cooperation agreement, Dr.

Rahma Ibrahim al-Mahrooqi, SQU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for

Postgraduate Studies and Research said that the University has shown

a strong commitment to the development of renewable energy

technologies within the country. This can be witnessed by the

establishment of the university’s Sustainable Energy Research Center

and plans to make SQU a green campus in the near future. The

collaborative effort between the SERC and RAP-Green, which has wide

and varied expertise in developing combined renewable and more

traditional energy sources with storage, outlined in this agreement is an

important step forward in bringing cheaper and greener energy to

Oman and its people. This agreement confirms the long-term

commitment of RAP-Green to the Sultanate of Oman and to Sultan

Qaboos University, in addition to the SERC’s leading role in sustainable

energy research and innovation in the country.

Daniel Dobbeni, Director of Rent-A-Port Green Energy, said that

their organization is very proud to start a long-term partnership with the

Sustainable Energy Research Center of SQU. We share a common

vision about the energy transition, and on opportunities for Oman to

become the largest regional player in terms of electricity storage, by

relying on to the great geographical assets of Oman, and about the

need to build leadership and expertise in sustainability among its youth

to the benefit of the sultanate, he said.

The SERC was established at Sultan Qaboos University in 2017 in

response to the increasingly complex nature of Oman’s energy

demand, including growing populations, increasing wealth levels,

changing attitudes towards government support, and the potential

environmental impact of global climate change on Oman and its

people.

SERC was established by the university with the aim of building a

leading research center that encourages the creation of new and

sustainable energy solutions in the sultanate and the region.

Source: Oman News Agency

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