“Committee on Energy” (CE) is a Standing Committee of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations standing committees (WFEO) with the purpose of addressing sustainable development of energy.
The next four year plan for the Committee on Energy is to build on the excellent work completed over the previous eight years by Brazil and advance the good reputation of the Committee. The Committee has demonstrated its value to the world engineering communities by producing Reports on the Feasibility Conditions of Energy Options.
Currently there are two Task Groups finishing their studies for Solar Energy and Biomass Energy. If these reports are not completed during Brazil’s tenure, the US will work with each Task Force to assist in completing this work and meet the high standards set by Brazil.
The next steps include launching and completing studies for Urban Waste, Hydrogen Utilization, Tidal Power, Carbon Capture Technologies and others that will be identified by the Committee over the course of the next four years.
In addition, work to renew existing reports for Wind Power, Nuclear Power and Sustainable Energy. These fields are continually changing as new technologies are developed.
One of the realized visions of the Committee is the International Conference on “Engineering for Sustainable Energy”. The first one of the series was held in 2007 in Rio de Janeiro with the second planned this July in Rio de Janeiro. The third has been planned for 2013 in China. As the US takes on the Committee leadership in September we would work diligently to fulfill the Committee’s vision and the continued support of this worthwhile goal.
Vision for WFEO-CE
Be a contributor to international efforts that puts emphasis on addressing capacity building and sharing best practices in existing energy technology, renewable and alternative energy in support of sustainable development, and on providing advice, especially in developing countries. Support sustainable development in energy and poverty elimination by reinforcing knowledge base, disseminating best practices, and engineering knowledge and technology.
The Committee on Energy enables WFEO to become the engineering reference for assessing the feasibility of current and cutting edge energy technologies for sustainable development.
Mission Statement for WFEO-CE
The Committee on Energy’s mission is “to become the engineering reference for assessing the feasibility of current and cutting edge energy technologies for sustainable development” and “to provide the engineer with updated, unbiased and reliable information on the feasibility of the different energy technologies based on scientific principles, engineering criteria and demonstrated technological development”.
Mandate of CE
The Committee on Energy has produced three reports previously on Wind Power, Nuclear Power and Sustainable Energy. As these fields are continually changing as new technologies are developed these Task Forces are updating their earlier reports to reflect current knowledge. The Wind Power Task Force is being Chaired by Geraldo Tavares of Brazil, the Nuclear Power Task Force is being temporary Chaired by Jorge Spitalnik of Brazil, and the Sustainable Energy Task Force is being Chaired by Pradeep Chaturvedi of India.
The BioEnergy and Solar Energy Task Force are currently finishing their studies and preparing their reports. The Solar Energy Report is planned to be published in 2015. Carsten Ahrens of Germany is Chair of the Solar Energy Task Force and Dermot Roddy of United Kingdom is Chair of BioEnergy Task Force.
The Committee on Energy is also working on launching studies for Urban Waste, Hydrogen Utilization, Tidal Power, and Carbon Capture Technologies. Other topics being evaluated for studying are Superconductor Technologies for Power Transmission, Energy Storage Devices/Systems, Energy Resource Estimation Methodologies, and Near-Term Energy Demand/Supply.
The Committee on Energy has work closely with Kuwait Engineering Group for the creation of an Energy Center in Kuwait. WFEO endorsed cooperation with the Energy Center of Kuwait toward establishing programs of research and development in energy matters.
The Committee on Energy also authored the Geneva Declaration specifically dealing with energy matters that was endorsed by the WEC 2011.
In Ljubljana, Slovenia at the World Engineering Forum, the Committee on Energy moved the International Engineering Societies Call on Governments to Support the United Nations “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative to the WFEO Executive Council and received full endorsement.
The Committee on Energy consists of a Chairman and six regional Vice-Chairmen representing: North America, Asia/Pacific, Latin America, Europe/Russia, Middle East/South Central Asia, and Africa. Committee Officers are appointed by their respective National Member organizations.
- Africa-Prof. Abubakar S Sambo, Nigeria
- Asia/Pacific-Prof. Sun Hongbin, China
- Europe/Russia-Dr. Daniel Favrat, Switzerland
- Latin America-Mr. Mario Wiegers, Argentina
- Middle East/South Central Asia-Mr. Pradeep Chaturvedi, India
- North America-Mr. Kenneth Kok, USA
Including Task Groups our membership is sixty (60) strong representing 24 different countries.