Dr Zulfiqar Zhan of BU’s School of Design, Engineering and Computing’s Sustainable Design Research Centre, alongside Professor Mark Hadfield, presented his latest research and education activities into Renewable Energy & Renewable Technology (RERT) to the public at Bournemouth University’s Festival of Learning in June 2013.
As evidence of research-informed education, the presentation was followed by a brief presentation by a final year BU Product Design student on the design of their retro-fitted vertical axis wind turbine for street light applications. These presentations were followed by an interactive Question Time session.
The audience included members of the public, government representatives, community leaders/representatives and representatives of local companies. The session was very interactive, engaging and informative and offered many perspectives on the technological, social, political, economic and environmental implications in Renewable Energy & Renewable Technology (RERT).
Dr Zulfiqar Khan said:
Renewable Energy & Renewable Technology agenda has strategic importance at international level. The EU initiative of generating 50% energy from renewable sources in the next 30 years, needs immediate response. It is therefore important to engage in research and development in this area.
“We have had significant successes such as becoming part of the cross-channel consortium for the EU Inter-reg Initiative and winning industrial funding for research projects in the Sustainable Design Research Centre (SDRC).
“It is also important for us to engage with local, regional and national stakeholders within public, industry & government.
BU Festival of Learning provided an excellent opportunity for holding a very successful RERT Public Engagement Event. This event will serve as a catalyst in incubating ideas for BU staff to develop research projects for external funding while working closely with stakeholders.”