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Academic funding to shine light on marine energy in Indonesia

Researcher and academic Dr Alan Owen
Researcher and academic Dr Alan Owen

Researchers from the Robert Gordon University have won more than £160,000 in funding from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to support the the establishment of a South East Asia Marine Energy Centre (SEAMEC) in Indonesia.

Dr Alan Owen and Dr Leuserina Garniati from the university’s Centre for Understanding Sustainability in Practice (CUSP) worked with both UK and Indonesian academic, business, and NGO partners to secure the funding.

The £165,760 cash injection will help to support the establishment of a South East Asia Marine Energy Centre (SEAMEC) in Indonesia.

The project will look to create a multinational, multi-stakeholder platform to drive policy and capacity building within the region as part of a long-term, comprehensive marine renewable energy programme within South East Asia.

Dr Owen said: “The establishment of a marine energy centre in South East Asia will be a huge boost towards accelerating the development of an internationally connected, sustainable and commercially viable marine energy industry across the region.

“I would point towards the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney as an example of the kind of model we are trying to create in South East Asia, but with the emphasis on capacity building, socio-economic outputs and developing policy and strategy rather than technical outputs.”

Since its inception in 2009, the CUSP team has won over £1.58 million in multi donor funding bids including those from the Department for International Development (DFID) Rapid Response Fund, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Prosperity Fund, and British Council Newton Fund to undertake sustainable energy applied research and capacity building in Europe and South East Asia.

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