Oct 1-3 2015: Workshop on Small Wind Energy Systems for Policy Makers in Nepal

Arizona State University and Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST)
October 1-3, 2015

Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy (VOCTEC) Program, with funding from United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is conducting a workshop on small wind energy systems in Nepal. Arizona State University (ASU) in partnership with Green Empowerment is collaborating with Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) to accomplish this.

The two-and-half day workshop will address the feasibility of wind energy production in Nepal with small wind turbines. It will provide an introduction to small or distributed wind energy systems, and will discuss the current state of the wind energy market in the world, wind resource assessment and siting tools and procedures, wind turbine technology, wind economics and policies, and environmental considerations. Wind maps for the region will be introduced and explored and a variety of related software introduced, which will enable policy makers and technical experts to identify the best locations for wind energy production and to accurately estimate annual energy production and financial aspects of the project. The workshop will consist of lectures and hands-on activities related to assessing and using wind energy related data. The workshop will also introduce the participants to the VOCTEC program, and provide an overview of its renewable energy programs.

As Nepal is at an early stage of wind energy development, it is expected that after the workshop the participants would have a good grasp of policy level issues relevant to evaluating and assessing the feasibility of wind energy in select locations, and how wind energy potential compares with other renewable energy options.

High and mid-level officials and policy makers from Nepal including the government, private sector, NGOs, and industry and representatives from partner organizations and donor agencies in Nepal will participate in the workshop.

The workshop is funded by USAID, and is being organized by the Vocational Training and Education Program (VOCTEC) in partnership with Nepal Academy of Science and technology (NAST). The VOCTEC program is based in Arizona State University, and includes Green Empowerment as its partner.

The workshop will be taught by Mr. Michel Maupoux of Green Empowerment, with Dr. Ambika P. Adhikari from Arizona State University.

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