Fall 2006 Vol. V, No. 1
Feature articles: AUB's Energy Research Group
When you think of energy, what comes to mind? If you are living in the United States, you probably think of record-setting gas prices. If you are living in Lebanon, however, you may have different concerns: EDL (Electricité du Liban) announced in early June that it would increase power rationing around the country from four to six hours a day. Whether it is gas for your car or electricity for your home, there is no question that energy-getting access to it, being able to afford it, its importance in development-is a critical issue.
For more than six years now, AUB has had an Energy Research Group (ERG), a group of professors from the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture who are researching many energy-related issues- just a few of many projects are listed here. Since November 2003 several ERG members have been collaborating on an extraordinary project called the Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development (GNESD), an initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme.
Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development (GNESD)
Improving Access to Energy
Is Solar Energy the answer?
domestic purposes in several countries in the area (Jordan, Cyprus, and
Turkey, for example), the use of DSWHs is still very limited. Why? Well,
there are several reasons: the high initial cost; people's nervousness
about the reliability of solar water heaters; and the lack of trained
technicians who can install, operate, and maintain DSWHs. Ghaddar explains
that the goal of the working group is to make specific policy recommendations
to develop the renewable energy technology sector in Lebanon.
Current ERG Projects:
Hamed Assaf, an assistant professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, is working to identify ways to promote an integrated approach to water resources management and planning with an emphasis on energy and environmental issues.
Riad Chedid, a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is forecasting the energy potential of the Arab market using an econometric model for OAPEC (Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries) countries.
Mutasem El.Fadel, a professor of Environmental Engineering, is working with the World Bank on environmental safeguards for power plants that are being rehabilitated in Iraq.
Isam Kaysi, a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering who specializes in transportation, is conducting research related to energy use of passenger and freight transport systems.
Toufic Mezher, a professor of Engineering Management, is researching corporate social responsibility as a new and emerging objective in corporations that are working to solve environmental problems.
Fadl Moukalled, an associate dean and professor of Mechanical Engineering, is conducting research in computational fluid dynamics that involves, among other things, optimizing the performance of energy-related equipment.
Alan Shihadeh, an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering, is investigating the chemistry and fluid mechanics of combustion flames to figure out how to reduce the formation of pollution in combustion processes.
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