Energy research fund and Taranaki energy development centre welcomed
“The Prime Minister’s announcement today of ‘$20 million over four years to establish a new science research fund for cutting edge energy technology’ is welcomed,” said Janet Stephenson, Chair of the National Energy Research Institute (NERI).
“This, in conjunction with the investment in a National New Energy Development centre in Taranaki, will help New Zealand address the significant developments occurring in the energy sector.
“Challenges and opportunities arise from a wide range of factors. These include climate change and the need to increase our use of renewable energy and lower emissions; rapid developments in energy technologies; and changing attitudes and preferences in both our local communities and our international markets.
“Over the last three years NERI has been developing a research strategy to address these issues. Key priorities are:
- Demand and fuels for long-haul transport – both national and international;
- Industrial energy use
- Better geothermal
- Renewable electricity
- Better buildings
“Not only does each have a technology dimension, there are also social, policy and economic dimensions to be considered.”
Announcement from the Government: www.beehive.govt.nz/release/government-invests-clean-energy-centre-help-power-new-zealand's-economy
More on NERI Research Strategy: www.neri.org.nz/strategy
Contact: Janet Stephenson Chair 021 279 8779