A delegation from the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE), seeking to establish a cooperative agreement with King Saud University, toured the campus May 31, 2010.
King Abdullah City's President Hashim Abdullah Al-Yamani, Vice President Khaled Salman and Walid Abu Al-Faraj were received by KSU Rector Dr. Abdullah Al-Othman and other senior officials of the university. Saudi Arabia is witnessing a rapid increase in the demand for power and desalinated water, and KACARE, the Kingdom's recently founded center for renewable energy research, will be instrumental in designing national and international energy policy needed to meet these needs.
Dr. Yamani, a former Saudi commerce and trade minister and professor at King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals, was appointed president of the King Abdullah City in April.
Among the university facilities toured were a permanent exhibit of the development programs, the Department of Renewable Energy and Environment in the College of Science, King Abdullah Institute of Nanotechnology, Riyadh Techno Valley (RTV) and the Center for Advanced Manufacturing in the College of Engineering.
The delegation also visited the headquarters of the sustainable energy technologies program and attended a presentation on the university’s initiatives in atomic and renewable energy.
Dr. Al-Othman discussed ways in which KSU and KACARE can cooperate in the best interests of both entities. Among the strategies discussed were for King Abdullah City for Nuclear and Renewable Energy to benefit from the sharing of knowledge, equipment and graduate programs at KSU and from investment in Riyadh Techno Valley through its Energy and Water Research Centers, which are main research areas of the RTV.