APEGS 2021 Annual Meeting and Professional Development Conference
Production of Clean Energy: What Can Engineers Do?
Raphael Idem, PhD, P.Eng. – Clean Energy Technologies Research Institute Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science – University of Regina
Abstract: Energy is required for industrialization and maintaining/improving our standard of living. At the moment, the majority of the energy is sourced from fossil fuels. This leads to the generation of GHGs, especially CO2, which is blamed for global warming and climate change. Many useful strategies have been conceived to mitigate this issue. None is a silver bullet. Therefore, one policy fits all type solution may not work. What is needed is to select and mix strategies depending on the natural resources of each jurisdiction. The challenge lies in finding the most effective mixing formula for the least cost per jurisdiction such that the targets on environment, economy and society’s living standard are met. These are tasks engineers perform, which may involve research, development, design, construction, operation, etc.
This presentation discussed the strategies and the varied roles engineers can play based on their best strengths to achieve cost-effective solutions that meet the targets.