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NUS actively supports flagship Singapore International Energy Week 2010 event

04 November 2010



POWER-GEN ASIA 2010: NUS was the only institution of higher learning among the supporting organisations of this event


CONFERENCE SPEAKER FROM NUS: Dr T S Gopi Rethinaraj from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy spoke on "Prospects of nuclear energy in ASEAN" at a session on clean power


EXHIBITION: Besides the conference, POWER-GEN Asia 2010 also has an exhibition component featuring expertise and state-of-the-art technologies relevant to the power generation, transmission and distribution industries

NUS was the only institution of higher learning among the supporting organisations of POWER-GEN Asia 2010, a premier event of the Singapore International Energy Week 2010, alongside Renewable Energy World Asia 2010.

The 18th POWER-GEN Asia was held at Singapore's brand new resort venue, the Marina Bay Sands, from 2 to 4 November 2010. It attracted over 6,000 visitors and energy professionals, policymakers and commentators to its conference and exhibition for the power generation, transmission and distribution industries.

Dr T S Gopi Rethinaraj from NUS' Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy was one of the conference speakers. He gave an insightful talk on "Prospects of nuclear energy in ASEAN" at a session on clean power.

Citing the resurgence of interest in nuclear power, he also noted the challenges in employing nuclear power such as waste management and safety issues.

Answering the question of whether Southeast Asia should consider nuclear power, Dr Gopi said: "In the long run, Southeast Asia cannot afford to ignore nuclear power ... Even if nuclear power is not an option in the immediate future, preparations for building the first nuclear power plant could take 10-20 years."

"Building institutional capacity for regulatory, safety, and human resources (especially training of nuclear engineers) will have to precede actual decision to build nuclear power plants. Feasibility studies by different stakeholders are needed to address the issue to avoid bias," he added.

Dr Gopi also shared briefly on NUS' expertise in energy-related research. Its researchers in this field are more than 100 strong and they come from the University's various energy- and environment-related centres and units such as the Energy Studies Institute, NUS Global Asia Institute, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore, NUS Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative, and NUS Environmental Research Institute.



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