On Monday, this week, a three day Renewable Energy International Conference was opened in Damascus, Syria. Several researchers, universities and local and international insititutions are attending the event, which ends today. The main topic of the conference is latest research in alternative energies, and their role as a strategic choices for the future.
Experts from research centers in Germany, Serbia, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Jordan have been presenting papers converging on the possibilities that can be opened through renewable energy develoment and cooperation between countries. Some specific topics include energy from geothermal heay pumps, methods for optimal use of solar energy storage systems through water heating and cooling in buildings. Another important topic of the conference is the provision of additional sources of drinking water. Syria has been hit by probably the worst droughts in the country's recent history. For three years in a row, the country's eastern areas have been troubled by water shortages, causing drops in agricultural production, and migration of its citizens towards better living conditions in the country's western areas.
Other issues discussed are benefits of solar energy for the Arab region. One of the greatest solar energy projects ever to be planned, the Desertec, will probably spread across areas of the Middle East, including Syria, so there is reason right there for the Middle East countries to get involved in renewable energy development.
[source: Syrian Arab News Agency]