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Common Ontology and Knowledge Mapping Essential for Renewable Energy Sector, Says Masdar Institute Faculty Member

Dr Toufic Mezher Participates in Workshop on ‘Innovation and Technology: The use of Renewable Energy Scenarios for Decision’

 

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 17 January, 2011 – Knowledge management in renewable energy is essential especially for creating, capturing, and delivering the knowledge.  Therefore, there is a need to develop a common ontology for the renewable energy sector and develop knowledge mapping for all the existing information, according to Dr Toufic Mezher, Professor in Engineering System and Management, at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.

Dr Toufic Mezher was participating in the session titled ‘Innovation and Technology: The use of Renewable Energy Scenarios for Decision’ at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2012 that opened on 16 January at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADENC). The summit is organized under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Elaborating on the relevance of renewable energy knowledge to the region, Dr Toufic Mezher said: “Having access to energy knowledge is very important to all stakeholders in order to understand what is going on in terms of knowledge creation and capturing. This is relevant because stakeholders from this region can access needed for renewable energy knowledge and can share their own knowledge with others from around the globe.”

An independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, Masdar Institute plays a vital role in the development of innovation in clean and renewable energy.

Talking about removing the barriers to energy access, Christine Eibs Singer, E+Co Co-Founder and CEO and Founding Member of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, said that the year 2012 will be the UN Year of Global Energy Access.

Singer pointed out that while access is an issue on which there are many initiatives but progress has been slow in parts of the world, others have virtually eliminated the problem. Various types or renewable solutions can help to solve access problems, but their development and application is fragmented, Eibs Singer observed and added that all too often development efforts do not reach the energy poor or efforts do not have sufficient critical mass to sustain a transition.

Established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Masdar Institute integrates theory and practice to incubate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, working to develop the critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow.  With its world-class faculty and top-tier students, the Institute is committed to finding solutions to the challenges of clean energy and climate change.
 

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