Sustainable Energy Research Center (SERC)

Population, income, prevailing technology, climate and cost are the main factors that had led to energy demand. Through research and study, new sources of energy including renewables and wastes can be used for producing energy. As the young population of Oman continues to grow fast and the demand for energy increases, Oman should face the major energy challenges In the coming decades as conventional fossil fuel resource decreases. Thus, Energy plays significant role in Oman’s security, economy and stability. 

The Sustainable Energy Research Center (SERC) was established in August 2017. This center conducts research in the areas related to sustainable energy, including energy production, renewable energy sources, energy policy, energy efficiency and management and energy conversion. The center acts as a bridge between SQU researchers in various aspects of sustainable energy and industry.


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We are excited to welcome you to the Sustainable Energy Research Center (SERC) Website. Today, there is a great incentive for Oman to exploit renewable energy in order to face the challenges inherent in the changing environment and to remain prepared for future trends. Moreover, there is huge potential for demand-side management and energy conservation which should be exploited for the benefit of the country and the environment. Energy is a crucial component of any nation’s security, economy, and stability. Oman faces major energy challenges in the coming decades as conventional fossil fuel resources decline and its young population continues to grow rapidly, combined with increasing energy demand from the industrial sector. The Sustainable Energy Research Center will coordinate the efforts of SQU’s scientists and academics working in different areas of energy production and utilization in order to create strong cooperation with industry and government institutions. The SERC will bring together economists, political and social scientists, and engineers to do research in the areas of energy production, renewable energy sources, energy policy, energy efficiency and management, energy conversion, integrated power systems, and high voltage. Our dream is for our researchers to have the opportunity to contribute and accelerate these developments through the targeted, strategic, and innovative research contributions they are making to society. The center is intended to act as the focal point under which the university’s research efforts in energy are brought together and augmented for greater efficiency and productivity. It is also intended for unifying individual efforts in sustainable energy, including renewable energy, production, transformation, usage, efficiency, coordination, and management systems of alternative and renewable energy. The center will help solidify the presence of the university regionally and internationally in the fields of sustainable energy. On a national scale, the SERC will be an active and outstanding house of expertise in energy in the sultanate. The SERC website aims to disseminate information to existing and potential researchers, stakeholders, and community members. The website contains current information on SERC’s expertise, activities, and services which I hope users will find useful.

Vision:

• To be a leading research institute for providing and promoting novel and sustainable energy solutions for Oman, the Gulf region, and beyond.

 

Mission:

• The SERC will pursue excellence in developing energy technology solutions, energy policy, and sustainable development research, education and capacity building programs to support industry, government, and communities at local, regional and international levels. 

1- Foster a multidisciplinary and collaborative environment for scientists, engineers, political and social scientists, and other concerned stakeholders.

2- Undertake independent and objective research to support national, regional and global interest in areas related to energy resources, energy conversion, energy efficiency, energy transportation, conservation and optimization.

3- Support educational and demonstration programs that encourage the implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy systems.

4- Educate and train researchers and policy makers through postgraduate degrees and short course programs in the power and energy field.

5- Contribute to sustainable development at national, regional and global levels, through social equity, economic efficiency, technology and policy analysis/research.

6- Increase public awareness about the best use of energy, energy conservation, and the feasibility of renewable energy usage especially in rural areas.

7- Build strong and trusted relationships and networks locally and internationally.

8- Serve as a central institute for incubating innovative ideas in the energy sector.

The four main themes: 

1. Energy Policy and Strategies: 

The proposed Energy Policy (EP) section of the SERC will reinforce national, regional, and international efforts to audit environmentally threatening developmental activities and promote sustainable activities instead. Energy Policy studies will also reinforce regional efforts for sustainable development. To strengthen the country’s capacity to use integrated energy and power planning to elaborate sustainable energy strategies and conduct studies for energy system and electricity supply options, demand-side management options, energy loss reduction programs, energy investment planning and energy environment policy formulation.

 

2. Renewable Energy:

This trend is becoming increasingly accentuated due to the immense dependence of regional GCC economies on depleting fossil fuels. Oman is blessed with high solar radiation and promising wind energy sites which are still being studied and evaluated for future exploitation. Hence, the SERC should take a leading role in encompassing all aspects of renewable energy projects from inception to maturity. Energy storage like battery, bomb hydrogen, hydrogen cell, fuel cell, compress air.

 

3. Integrated Electrical Energy System:

In the presence of integrated with electrical power system, studies that include but not limited to power flow studies, short circuit studies, transcends stability studies, power system qualities, and, power system operation and control. Smart power grid, which adds Information and Communications Technology (ICT), advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), and other technologies, to the existing power system in order to enhance the monitoring and control of electrical distribution networks, will be a part of this research theme.

 

4. Energy Efficiency and Management:

In Oman, electrical energy is generated by power stations that are heavily dependent on either natural gas or diesel. The benefits of implementing proper energy efficiency programs, energy conservation, and management practices will have a substantial effect. Energy efficiency and conservation can be viewed as an inexpensive source of energy. They are one of the first austerity measures to be targeted during times of economic recession. Energy efficiency is the application of advanced technology and science to provide the services and products that consume less energy. The energy management system (EMS) will be used to coordinate the energy sources, storage elements and controllable loads to maintain the balance between supply and demand under all conditions and times in an optimum way.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY RESEARCH CENTER

Sultan Qaboos University, Road B, Street 6, Villa 27

Tel No.: (968) 24141989

Email: shellah@squ.edu.om

Facilities
Hybrid Renewable Power Station
Hybrid Power Station
EV Charging Station
EV Charging Station
RTDS

RTDS

The new hybrid station

The new hybrid station