Centre for Renewable Energy

The Centre of Renewable Energy (CORE) has been established as a partnership project between the University of Fiji, University of Alicante, Spain and the University of Papua New Guinea, PNG. The initial establishment was sponsored by the European Commission under the Renewable Energy in The Pacific: Developing Skills and Capacity (EPIC) Project. CORE is an extension of CCCEESD.

Fiji and the Pacific Island Countries (PIC) have a number of challenges in regards to supplying renewable sources of energy to their population due to lack of infrastructure, remoteness, and geographical isolation of population in the maritime zones. Capacity building undertaken by CORE is one of the ways considered as barrier removal.

Vision

The vision of CORE is to serve as a leading centre of excellence, knowledge hub in renewable energy and meeting point for experts by encouraging the cooperation and collaboration in the research, innovation and technologies development of RE between higher education institutions. It also envisions facilitating the university-industry link at both national and regional levels.

Mission

CORE will act as a think-tank for strategic issues pertaining RE from priorities set by PIC Leaders. It will collaborate with regional and national organizations and institutions to conduct research/ analysis of emerging issues in renewable energy such as use of solar, biomass, bio-fuels, energy efficiency, technologies for sustainable energy supply in Fiji and PICs.

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The key objective of CORE is to strengthen research capacity and to harness it in the service of planning sustainable development in the area of renewable energy (RE). Other objectives include:

  • To provide market research services in RE with emphasis on liaison and networking with the private sector in Fiji and other PICs.
  • To identify research needs and enable research and development for integrated and innovative RE solutions in Fiji and PICs.
  • To enable technology and knowledge transfer by connecting research and industry through project development.
  • To promote the development of a highly qualified and trained workforce for the renewable energy sector in Fiji and PICs.
  • To offer gender sensitive national /regional training courses (short courses, workshops), postgraduate programmes or opportunities for research in strategic areas.
  • To promote community outreach and advocacy in current issues of RE through existing and new networks.

As a first step to achieving its objectives, CORE has established a Masters in Renewable Energy Management Program (REM) which begins in semester 1, 2017. 

Upcoming Regional Conference on Renewable Energy

Scheduled to be held in October (6th & 7th) this regional conference on RE will be the final conference under the EPIC project with an aim to bring together major stakeholders in the renewable energy field.

University of Alicante Guest Lectures in Renewable Energy

The University of Fiji hosted three professors from University of Alicante (Spain) for a weeklong series of guest lectures on renewable energy. These lectures which began on July 29th through to August 4th were attended by individuals interested in pursuing a degree in the masters programme in Renewable Energy Management (MSc. REM).

Each visiting professor presented lectures on their area of expertise in relation to renewable energy and renewable energy needs:

Professor Joaquin Silvestre – “From conventional energy sources to renewable energies: A general overview”.

Professor Oana Driha – “Renewable energy in the EU – The case of renewable energy policy in Spain”.

Professor Andrés Fullana – “Applied Thermodynamics for Renewable Energy”.

Centre of Renewable Energy (CORE) & Renewable Energy Management (REM) masters programme Launched

The University officially launched its Centre of Renewable Energy (CORE) & Renewable Energy Management (REM) masters programme on the 25th of July at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel. The launch marks the University of Fiji’s fulfillment of the two major objectives under the EDULINK funded Renewable Energy in Pacific Islands: Developing Skills and Capacity (EPIC) project.

The event had various stakeholders from the Energy, Renewable Energy sectors and Higher Education Institutes in attendance. These included representatives from the Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA), PAC-TVET (SPC), Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC), WWF, University of the South Pacific and Fiji National University.

Also present as Chief Guest was the Deputy Head of the European Union to the Pacific Mr. Johnny Engel-Hansen and as special speakers were Director of the Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC) Mrs Salote Rabuka and Vice Chancellor of the University Professor Prem Misir.

Stakeholder Conference in Brussels

A joint stakeholder conference took place on the 5th and 6th of July in 2016.  The conference was organized by the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and the Pacific Group of States (ACP Secretariat).  The aim of the conference was to bring together representatives of granted EU and ACP project together in a networking environment.

EPIC Regional Conference in PNG

The first regional conference was organized by the project partner University of Papua New Guinea from the 10th – 11th of November, 2015, to discuss the challenges and opportunities of renewable energy sources within the country and the region.   A second regional conference will be organized by the University of Fiji, in September, 2016. The event was attended by a variety of stakeholders including our own staff from the University of Fiji.

World Wide Views

WWViews on Climate and Energy, an ambitious, global citizen participation project on global climate and energy policies and actions was carried out by CORE in collaboration with the Department of Science on the 6th of June, 2015. The project was initiated by the Secretariat to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the French National Commission for Public Debate, the Danish Board of Technology Foundation, and Missions Publiques, with the support of the French Government, Conference of the Parties (COP21) host. World Wide Views on Climate and Energy provided unique opportunity for the lay citizens of a country to voice their opinions on climate and energy issues.

Round-table Meeting

A round table workshop was held at the University of Fiji from the 25th-27th of November, 2014. The Participants included University of Papua New Guinea, University of Alicaante, FSC, Department of Environment, IUCN, SPC and other interested personnels.

The objective of this meeting is to encourage regional cooperation in renewable energy, by establishing a Master’s in Renewable Energy Management (REM) programme and a Centre for Renewable Energy (CORE) in both Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

The meeting aimed to deepen the understanding of CORE’s distinct activities, outputs and results. This event also promoted the understanding of the situation in renewable energy sector in Fiji, posible solutions and also ideas for the future of REM programme.

Solar Panel Installation

CORE has been equipped with a photovoltaic system to work towards energy self-supply and to facilitate research on solar energy. This multi-crystalline 1.44 kWp system has been roof mounted and comprises on six 240W panels and 1400W inverter with eight 450Ah, 24VTrojan battery bank.

Social Survey

A survey on the “Analytical assessment of the current situation in RE in Fiji”, under the EPIC: Renewable energy in the Pacific Islands: developing skills and capacity Project has been conducted in 2014.  Finding from the survey highlighted the need for more training in energy planning and policy making is required in renewable energy professionals. For more information, please contact us or visit the EPIC website:  http://www.epic-project.eu/

Study Visit and Knowledge Transfer Workshop

Under the EPIC project staffs from the University of Fiji have visited our partner organization – University of Alicante, Spain for the kick off meeting in November, 2013 and then in April of 2014.

Masters in Renewable Energy Management (REM) program

One of the main outputs from CORE is the implementation of the Masters in Renewable Energy Management (REM) program.  The program will be run under the University of Fiji’s Science department and is scheduled to start off in Semester 1, 2017.

This program will equip students with following skills:

  • Expertise in different renewable energy technologies.
  • Understanding of renewable energy in different social, economical and environmental contexts.
  • Skills to manage renewable energy projects.
  • Ability to write research projects, conduct research and write and communicate research reports.
  • Work independently and as part of a group.

Structure of the qualification

Duration: 2 years full time or respectively longer if part time

Year 1 Semester 1

Code  Title Credits
REM400 Renewable Energy Technologies I 30
REM401 Renewable Energy Technologies II 30

Year 1 Semester 2

Code  Title Credits
REM402 Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development 30
REM403 Energy Economics and Management 30

Year 2 Semester 1

Students must choose any two of the following three courses.

Code  Title Credits
REM404 Renewable Energy Technologies III 30
REM405 Sustainable and Environmental Chemistry 30
REM406 Energy Modeling and Forecasting 30

Year 2 Semester 2

Code  Title Credits
REM407 Research Thesis / Industrial Attachment and Report 60

Total Credit Points: 240

Entry requirements

BSc in physics, chemistry, environmental science, engineering or in a closely related field. In addition, students who have not completed introductory level physics and chemistry will also have to take year one Physics or year one Chemistry course or equivalent, respectively (e.g. person with BSc in physics would have to take year one chemistry course before enrolling in the programme if he/she has not taken any chemistry at UG level).

Individuals with Postgraduate Diploma (one year program) in chemistry, physics, environmental science, environmental engineering or in a closely related field, can seek their units to be cross-credited. This is done on an individual course basis. In such cases it is possible to complete the program with one year, depending on the number of courses cross-credited.

For more information on REM and to express your interest to enroll please conduct Kelera Railoa via email: keleraR@unifiji.ac.fj or call 679 664 0600 Ext: 163

Ms. Priyatma Singh
Head of Department – Science
The University of Fiji
Phone: (679) 6640600 ext. 189
Email: PriyatmaS@unifiji.ac.fj