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Micro-hydro energy systems are a unique type of hydroelectric power, ideal for supplementing other types of renewable energy to provide a continuous flow of energy to remote locations.
On September 24-26, 2014, Dr. Ambika Adhikari, an affiliate faculty member (research professor) of our school, helped present a three-day workshop on this energy source to twenty high-level officials and policy-makers representing governments, industry and nongovernmental organizations from the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. Representatives from Pacific-based regional entities, including from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the European Union, and The University of the South Pacific, attended the workshop as well.
The workshop was presented organized by the Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy (VOCTEC) program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, and led by Arizona State University, in cooperation with International Union for Conservation of Nature, Oceania. Mr. Michel Maupoux from Green Empowerment, a VOCTEC partner, delivered the technical modules related to micro-hydro energy development in the Pacific.
Adhikari serves as VOCTEC program manager at ASU. At the workshop, he discussed VOCTEC’s ongoing efforts to help 10 Pacific Island nations enhance their human capacity in the renewable energy sector. He also presented modules on environmental, socio-economic and policy issues.
“Electrical power from micro-hydro plants can supplement the efforts of many Pacific Island nations to obtain a good mix of renewable energy types,” commented Adhikari. By helping provide round-the-clock energy from renewable sources, micro-hydro plants can reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and the dependency on imported fossil fuels. In addition, micro-hydro plants can generate power at a relatively low cost per unit and have minimal adverse environmental and social impacts.
Adhikari has taught several courses in ASU’s undergraduate and graduate-level planning programs, and especially shares with students his expertise in international planning and development. He has over 20 years of professional, managerial and academic experience in urban and environmental planning and program management internationally, including in Nepal, India, USA, Canada, and Mexico.
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