Secretary Chu is in Europe this week participating in a series of meetings and events across Scotland and Ireland. Yesterday, he toured the research facilities at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland.
Scotland has set aggressive targets for renewable energy -- 80 percent by 2020 -- which presents challenges in integrating the power into the grid and managing the variable nature of wind power. Strathclyde University is playing a major role in addressing those challenges by improving technologies and training the next generation of scientists and engineers who will help Scotland harness its immense offshore wind and wave power resources. You can view photos from the Secretary’s tour in the slideshow below.
On Thursday November 4, Secretary Chu will tour the facilities at Eirgrid, Ireland’s electricity Transmission Systems Operator. He will also host a clean energy town hall with his Irish counterpart Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan.
On Friday, November 5, Secretary Chu will give a keynote address at the International Sustainable Energy Conference: International Perspectives to 2050 and will participate in the Dublin City University’s Nobel lecture series. Later that day the Secretary will travel to Maynooth to tour Wavebob, a technology company specializing in ocean wave energy conversion. On Saturday, November 6, Secretary Chu will be in Galway to visit the Marine Institute of Ireland, the national agency for marine R&D, including ocean energy.
We’ll have more updates from the road later this week.
John Schueler is a New Media Specialist in the Office of Public Affairs.