King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals hold annual meeting with King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy

The meeting was held in Dhahran Technology and Innovation Center. (SPA)
Updated 19 November 2019

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals hold annual meeting with King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) and King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE) recently organized the annual review of their cooperation program, which aims to enhance the quality of science, technology, education and industrial development in the Kingdom, in the presence of Dr. Khalid Al-Sultan, president of K.A.CARE, and Dr. Sahl Abdul Jawad, president of KFUPM.

The meeting, which was held in Dhahran Technology and Innovation Center and attended by a number of researchers, faculty members and graduate students, reviewed the research projects carried out by the University research teams in several specializations and discussed ways of developing cooperation and research work between the two sides in the coming years. The cooperation between the University and the City during the first year resulted in the inclusion of 15 professors in the research fellowship program, 18 graduate students in the program of funding graduate students, 7 researchers in the postdoctoral fellowship program, registration of 20 patents and publication of 49 research papers.

Dr. Abdul Jawad said that the cooperation started from the early stages of the development of the City with the formation of a team in the field of renewable energy and a team of atomic energy, and the preparation of a proposal for the framework of cooperation with the City, and that the results of the agreement between the University and the City appeared through the productivity and quality of research work and technology development, which included the publication of research papers and registration of patents, noting that what has been achieved during the first year of cooperation is a major achievement, stressing the strengthening of joint cooperation and a great focus on solar energy research to achieve Vision 2030 and enhance the University's orientation to be a research-intensive university that has a direct impact on the development of the economy through the localization of technologies.

He pointed out that the University, in view of the quality of its researchers and the expertise of faculty members, has the necessary capabilities that qualify it to be a research leader in the field of renewable energy and the development of technologies that will have an impact at the national and international levels, noting that the University has research cooperation with the University of Tokyo, mainly in solar energy because the solar cells developed at the University of Tokyo are the best in the world. The ambition of the Kingdom is to make renewable and atomic energy the main sources of energy in the country.

For his part, Dr. Al-Sultan thanked the researchers for their efforts, hoping for the continuity of research work and cooperation between the City and the University, and that the focus would be more on renewable energy, stressing the importance of supporting researchers and graduate students and the role of research work in the localization of technology, and the importance of cooperation between research teams and ways to strengthen the program in the next 5 years.

He pointed out that the City is investing in plans and projects related to renewable energy to achieve Vision 2030 so that the Kingdom depends on renewable and atomic energy in the production of 50% of its energy consumption by 2030, and that the produced clean energy would be an important source in the economy of the Kingdom, noting the importance of a strong research base to achieve these goals. He also pointed out that the City is looking forward to a long-term research partnership with the University in the coming years by increasing the number of faculty and students in funded programs, increasing participation in research and workshops and focusing more on the specialization that serves the vision and objectives of the Kingdom.

Dr. Fahd Al-Ismail, Director of Cooperation with K.A.CARE at KFUPM, said that the meeting is an important step to promote long and fruitful cooperation between the University and the City. He pointed out that the two sides look forward to serving as a model for cooperation between academic institutions and community sectors in areas of common interest to help achieve Vision 2030 by promoting reliance on renewable energy.

Al-Ismail said that the aim of presenting the research during the review is to inform the partners in the City of the research output achieved by the Technology Innovation Center supported by the City, and the presentation of different research such as renewable energy linkage and integration in the network, the field of materials science, the field of integrated systems, and other areas related to renewable energy. He pointed out that cooperation between the University and the City will continue to support various research activities. There are various programs to support researchers, graduate students and Ph.D. holders, and cooperation in the field of geothermal energy and energy storage, as well as matters relating to patents and patent management.

 
 


Arab coalition cleared of rights violations in Yemen

Updated 1 min 59 sec ago

Arab coalition cleared of rights violations in Yemen

  • JIAT reiterates its commitment of transparency while presenting its findings

RIYADH: The Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) of the Arab coalition for Yemen has investigated four cases that were reported in the media. It found that the rules of engagement had been followed by the coalition for Yemen in each case.
The JIAT reiterated its commitment of transparency while presenting its findings in the submitted cases, and it revealed details in a professional and fact-based way.
Addressing a press conference in Riyadh on Wednesday, JIAT spokesman Mansour Al-Mansour said: “In one case, it was claimed that a military vehicle of the Houthi militia was targeted in front of a restaurant in Zabid, Hodeidah governorate, on Jan. 3, 2018.”
He said the JIAT investigated the incident and reviewed all documents, including procedures and rules of engagement, daily mission schedule, after-mission report, satellite images, provisions and the principles of International humanitarian law and its customary rules, as well as an assessment of evidence. It found that on the alleged date, the coalition forces did not carry out any aerial missions in Zabid, and that the nearest military target that was hit by the coalition on the date of the claim was in Al-Khokhah directorate, about 41 km away from Zabid.
Referring to another case, he said it was claimed that coalition forces had targeted the Mothalath Ahim market in Hajjah governorate on July 4, 2015.

FOURCASES

• In one case, it was claimed that a military vehicle of the Houthi militia was targeted in front of a restaurant in Zabid, Hodeidah governorate, on Jan. 3, 2018.

• In second case, it was claimed that coalition forces had targeted the Mothalath Ahim market in Hajjah governorate on July 4, 2015.

• In third case, it was claimed that the coalition forces had targeted a house in Talan, Kushar, directorate of Hajjah governorate on March 10, 2019.

• In fourth case, it was claimed that a house was targeted in Midi directorate of (Hajjah) governorate on April 22, 2018.

The JIAT investigated the incident and found that Mothalath Ahim, which is 16 km from the international borders of Saudi Arabia, was at the time of the military operation under the control of the Houthi armed militia and the former president’s forces.
Intelligence reports confirmed the discovery of a ballistic missile inside a hangar in a semi-isolated location. There were gatherings of Houthi armed militia and the former president’s forces, and military vehicles at Mothalath Ahim, which was considered a legitimate military target, based on Article 52, Paragraph 2 of the First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions. Moreover, the coalition forces took all feasible precautions by studying and defining the target’s environment, using a guided bomb that was commensurate with the target, and minimizing collateral damage while achieving the desired military advantage of the military based on Rule No. 17 of the customary international humanitarian law.
In another case it was claimed that the coalition forces had targeted a house in Talan, Kushar, directorate of Hajjah governorate on March 10, 2019.
Al-Mansour said the coalition forces units had detected through reconnaissance a vehicle carrying Houthi armed militia fighters. It was confirmed by ground elements that the fighters got out of that vehicle and entered a building in Jabal Talan, which was considered to be a legitimate military target.
In fourth case, it was claimed that a house was targeted in Midi directorate of (Hajjah) governorate on April 22, 2018.
The JIAT investigated the incident and found that the coalition forces observed gatherings of Houthi militias and a ballistic missile launcher in the area of operations concealed in an isolated area. The coalition forces therefore carried out an air mission against these two targets. The JIAT found that coalition forces had not targeted a civilian house in Midi directorate as alleged.