The Arabian Gulf University (AGU) recently received Electricity and Water Affairs Minister Eng. Wael bin Nasser Al Mubarak, Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) CEO Shaikh Nawaf bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, and a number of concerned officials who visited the University to stand on its unique experiment in rationalising energy consumption, achieving a drop of around 35 percent in less than 10 years.
Receiving the delegation was AGU President Dr Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al Ohaly, who welcomed the Minister and the CEO, and thanked them for their visit, confirming that it is an encouraging and supportive gesture to the University's strives to achieve energy conservation.
During the visit, Dr Al Ohaly briefed the officials on AGU's vision, which is based on developmental goals, such as comprehensive sustainable development, and human and material wealth development and proper investment, taking into consideration the human factor, which is the starting point and goal of development.
Dr Al Ohaly affirmed that the University embodies the wise vision of their majesties and highnesses the leaders of GCC States to establish AGU as a hub to embrace all GCC citizens and contribute to their intellectual, educational and scientific rehabilitation.
Mr. Al Mubarak and Shaikh Nawaf also viewed a presentation explaining the University's majors, academic programmes and international cooperation with universities, research centres and international organisations.
The Minister, the CEO and the accompanying delegation were briefed on AGU's efforts to rationalise and reduce energy consumption, succeeding in making a remarkable achievement in energy saving in the University's buildings, in which consumption decreased from 12,870,600 KW in 2012 to 8,620,000 KW in 2020.
Dr Al Ohaly clarified that the remarkable drop in consumption rates is owed to several measures implemented by the University in the past few years, including replacing traditional central air-conditioners with advanced devices that regulate energy consumption and changing the lighting system to an LED system with the installation of sensors that automatically switch off the lights in case of no movement, among other measures implemented in cooperation with the Ministry, such as installing a VDL device to regulate the speed of air flow in air conditioners and a Power Factor Device at the main electricity access point in the University.
AGU President also briefed the visiting delegation on the University's future projects, including the King Abdullah Medical City project, shedding light on the advanced power techniques used in the establishment of these projects in cooperation with the Ministry and in accordance with the highest international standards.