The Department of Physics hosts DIREKT Workshop

Event Date(s): 24/05/2012 - 25/05/2012

Location: Room 413, Department of Physics, 3rd Floor, Natural Sciences Building, UWI, St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies is collaborating with the University of South Pacific, Fiji; the University of Mauritius, Mauritius; and the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany on the Small Developing Island Renewable Energy Knowledge and Technology Transfer Network (DIREKT) Project to build Renewable Energy capacity in Small Developing Island States.

As part of this effort, the Department of Physics at The UWI is providing a two-day training workshop in Renewable Energy Technologies, with the objective of providing participants with an awareness and knowledge of Photovoltaic (PV) and Fuel Cell technologies.

Participants will be exposed to the theoretical and business aspects of PV Systems and the developments taking place in the region, and will also be taken on a site visit to a PV-powered home in Trinidad. They will undergo hands-on training on the different aspects of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells including building and testing of the fuel cells.

The workshop intends on producing interest in Fuel Cells and to produce a work force, ready for research and work in the field through hands-on training in the Caribbean’s First Fuel Cell Materials Research Lab at the Department of Physics, at The UWI, St. Augustine Campus.  

In particular, the targeted audience for this workshop includes:

· Academic Staff members and Postgraduate students from various universities across T&T and the Caribbean.

· Professionals working in the field of renewable energy, oil and gas industry.

· Personnel from the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs, Trinidad and Tobago.  

A sound general educational background with some capacity in science or engineering is necessary.


Ms. Monica Boodhan

Project Manager

DIRECT, Trinidad & Tobago



About the DIREKT Project

The Small Developing Island Renewable Energy Knowledge and Technology Transfer Network (DIREKT) project is a cooperation scheme involving universities from Germany and several ACP (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific) small island developing states, specifically Fiji, Mauritius and the Commonwealth Caribbean.  

The aim of the project is to strengthen science and technology capacity in the field of renewable energy by means of technology transfer, information exchange and networking. The project is funded by the ACP Science and Technology Programme, an EU programme for cooperation between the European Union and the ACP region. 

For further information on the project, please visit the project website www.direkt-project.eu


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  • Dr. Harinder Pal Singh Missan

  • Faculty/Department

    Physics,  Faculty of  Science & Agriculture

  • Tel.: 662-2002 ext. 83116
  • Email: harinder.missan@sta.uwi.edu