Manama, Apr. 8 (BNA): The effectiveness of various options in reducing the demand for traditional electric power and its consequent emissions were examined as part of a case study conducted by the Arabian Gulf University (AGU) College of Graduate Studies.
The case study was conducted using the Low Emissions Analysis Platform (LEAP) programme and was done in Al Qaseem region in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The study took into account several factors such as annual household energy consumption, the effectiveness of options for improving the efficiency of air-conditioners, installing solar panels at homes while also using solar water heaters.
The study, which was conducted by researcher Mariam Al Harbi as part of requirements to get a Masters in Science – Natural and Environmental Resources Management, also aimed to raise awareness among families on the importance of reducing the usage of electric energy through individual and community scenarios.
She concluded after the study that the demand for electrical energy will continue to grow until 2030 and results also revealed that implementing suggested options can reduce the demand for electric power by up to 19 per cent between 2022 to 2030.
Recommendations included evaluating the feasibility of applying mitigation options while also identifying the options available for the proposed financing models.
The study also recommended collecting more information highlighting the pattern of electrical energy consumption in the residential areas in addition to ensuring that the results of household energy surveys are useful in evaluating energy and climate change policies in the residential sector.
The report was discussed by a committee consisting of AGU Natural and Environmental Resources Department Energy Policy and Climate Change assistant professor Dr Maha Al Sabbagh, who was the head supervisor, in addition to University of Bahrain Mechanical Engineering Thermal Machines Professor Dr Ahmed Abdullah as an internal examiner.
Also joining the discussion committee was AGU Natural and Environmental Resources Applied Physics Professor Dr Waheeb Al Nasser.