College of Economics and Business Administration (CEBA), Salalah invited the Nama Group to provide consultancy services on saving power with the broad title the “Role of Renewable Energy Sources to Save Future”. Eng. Said Salim Al Mashikhi, Electricity Projects Manager was nominated from NAMA Dhofar Services, and the following process was followed in the third week of May 2023.
Visit to College of Economics and Business Administration (CEBA), Salalah
Eng. Said Salim Al Mashikhi – Electricity Projects Manager visited the BSIT building and observed the situation. The visit is accompanied by Dr. Ali Akaak and Dr. Navaneetha Krishnan Rajagopal, faculties of CEBA. Based on that observation a seminar was planned on May 21st, 2023.
Seminar on "The Role of Renewable Energy Sources to save future,"
On the 21st of May 2023, students and staff members of the College of Economics and Business Administration participated in a program on "The Role of Renewable Energy Sources to save future," hosted by the Staff Development Committee (SDC). Eng. Said Salim Al Mashikhi – Electricity Projects Manager, NAMA Dhofar Services was the resource person for the seminar. He emphasized renewable energy with a focus on the following: 1) The role of Oil & Gas in present perspectives, 2) The present as well as future imposed investment and innovations approaches, 3) The key opportunity for natural resource management by exploiting non-conventional sources, 4) Appropriate meaning of renewable energy and 5) The sources of Renewable energy: Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Hydro Energy’ Tidal Energy, Geothermal Energy, Hydrogen Energy, and Biomass Energy.
Subsequently, the discussion was on renewable energy sources' potential in Oman. The resource person focused on the research studies which have found that solar and wind power have the greatest commercial potential for Oman. The session also emphasized Oman Vision 2040 highlighting that investing in renewable energy will be proven as a sustainable and clean source for the development of various sectors. The last part of the seminar was on carbon emissions & their negative impacts, highlighting that Oman like most Middle east countries depends basically on fossil fuels (Oil and natural gas). The discussion was also on the burning of fossil fuels which is the main cause of carbon emissions in Oman. The session had a concluding note that renewable energy is clean and sustainable. The resource person further stressed that Oman has set up a target to produce 30 to 39 % of electricity from renewables for a clean, green, and safer environment by 2040.
The presentation became more engaging as attendees actively participated in questioning to enquire about the sustainability of renewable energy, and they were delighted to gain awareness from the resource person.
Feedback and observations/scope for improvement:
After the seminar and feedback received from the staff and students, the speaker sent his observation report by email, which is to be followed in the specific building. Recommendations that can be considered for saving power:
Reliance on daylight throughout the daytime.
Setting timers on your air conditioners to efficiently regulate usage.
Perform regular maintenance on electronic devices and appliances
Unplug electronic devices and appliances before going outside offices
Replacing regular lamps and lights with energy-saving ones
Use solar-powered devices
Encourage students to make pilot projects/research to use solar photovoltaic for parking areas of the College/university.
The above activity aimed to save power consummation and avoid the wastage of power. The same was executed and it is suggested to follow the recommendations given by the Nama group. A few suggestions were forwarded to the administrative authorities for further course of action.