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. 

Recent Events 

Public Seminar on Renewable Energy

More than 60 participants attended the inaugurating public seminar for the programme delivered by Dr Anirudh. Singh on 16 February. At the seminar, it was pointed out that Fiji needs to identify and address the barriers to renewable energy from all perspectives.

Outlined in Dr. Singh’s presentation were developments in the thinking, planning and implementation of renewable energy in Fiji over the past decade followed by an examination of the various outlooks of the sector held by government, NGOs, corporate and private stakeholders.

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Launch of REM programme at the University of Fiji

The much-awaited Master’s in Renewable Energy Management (MREM) programme finally commenced at the University on the 13th of February this year with an initial enrolment of 14 students and several more in the waiting list.
Interest in this MSc qualification in renewable energy has come from diverse areas of the economy, including the teaching, research and the industrial sectors. Those registered for the programme include practicing scientists and power generation project managers in addition to teachers and young university staff.

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The pioneering group of students for the newly-launched Masters in Renewable Energy Management (MREM) programme, accompanied by Ms Priyatma Singh (Head of Department of Science) and Dr. Anirudh Singh (Programme Coordinator). This two-year programme offered by the University of Fiji was one of the outcomes of the EU-funded EPIC project involving University of Alicante (Spain),  University of Papua New Guinea and the University of Fiji.

Final Conference – Regional Stakeholder Conference on Renewable Energy (RE)

The “Regional Stakeholder Conference on Renewable Energy (RE)” was held on October 6th & 7th at The Sofitel Resort on Denarau Island in Nadi. Facilitated through the University of Fiji’s EU funded Renewable Energy in Pacific Islands: Developing skills & Capacity (EPIC) project; the conference was in par with the governments’ Green Growth Framework. Under this framework, sustainability has been set as the key criteria against which every national development project is measured.

Featured speakers included Chief Guest-Mr. Lui Naisara, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Infrastructure & Transport, Keynote Speaker-Mr. Francois Martel, Secretary General, Pacific Islands Development Forum Secretariat, Prof. Prem Misir, Vice Chancellor, University of Fiji and Dr. Roberto Escarre, Director of the International Project Management Office of the University of Alicante.

Speakers shared their insights and experiences on the use of RE in Fiji, the Pacific region and the EU. Roundtable discussions addressed the role of Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) in promoting RE as well as the future of RE in the region in terms of challenges and opportunities that exist and possible innovations or policies to pave the way forward.

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Masters in Renewable Energy Management (REM) program

 

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The pioneering group of students for the newly-launched Masters in Renewable Energy Management (MREM) programme, accompanied by Ms Priyatma Singh (Head of Department of Science) and Dr. Anirudh Singh (Programme Coordinator). This two-year programme offered by the University of Fiji was one of the outcomes of the EU-funded EPIC project involving University of Alicante (Spain),  University of Papua New Guinea and the University of Fiji.

 

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