A world class, multi-million riyal research centre for renewable energy has been set up in Saudi Arabia and will seek to empower the country, to play the role of world energy leader for future years.

The centre is housed at the Dhahran-based King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) and is currently working on resource mobilisation before its leading research activities begin in earnest next year.

S. U. Rahman, interim director of the Centre of Research Excellence in Renewable Energy (CoRE-RE) at KFUPM, reportedly said there is evidence of ample interest in alternative fuels in Saudi Arabia, including the generation and use of hydrogen and solar energy as an alternative to fossil fuels.
He commented, $quot;Moreover, it is high time to pursue intensive studies and research in the field of renewable energy as the Kingdom lags behind in this area.$quot;

The centre has set up different divisions for research on hydrogen, methanol and fuel cell, solar and wind energy, advanced energy storage systems, electrical infrastructure and control systems, and the economics of renewable energy.

Rahman also indicated that the Ministry of Higher Education has supported the initiative with a mandate to pursue research programs in the field of renewable energy.