Intelligent systems of energy is the main topic of the international conference taking place these days at the Polytechnic University from Bucharest (UPB), organised by the European University Association (EUA).
At the ceremony’s opening on Tuesday, Energy Minister Victor Grigorescu stated that the event is very important since it brings together the contribution of European universities to the technologies’ plan in the energy sphere developed by the European Commission.
“Today’s event, hosted by the UPB, is very important as it is organising a conference of universities in the Eastern Europe that have an interest in developing technologies in the energy sphere, a conference that aims to bring together the contribution of those universities to the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) – the plan developed by the European Commission. The plan refers (…) to technologies in the energy area with a strategic importance and, in this regard, it is important that UPB assumes a role in this exercise, a role that should strengthen the European Commission’s initiative in identifying those technologies that are important for the next 10 or 15 years, strategic technologies for Europe, in ensuring a correct energy transition. (…) By ‘us’ I refer to the energy sector, companies benefiting from this effort, and students involved in this exercise to identify the key success for the future from these technologies, and this exercise is important in asking ourselves, Romania, what is exactly we are looking for from these technologies, what type of technology do we need,” stated Grigorescu.
He brought to mind the collaboration the Ministry has with UPB in editing the National Energy Strategy.
The UPB Rector, Mihnea Costoiu (photo), has underlined the importance of organising such an event together with the EUA.
“Today we are organising the single conference in the Eastern Europe together with colleagues from the EUA, with a remarkable international participation. Basically, UPB is the single European university from Romania that participates, alongside with EUA, in such a demarche that aims to grow this scientific and administrative capacity of universities to react, to be present in the European Commission’s Plan for the next years,” declared Costoiu.
Secretary General of EUA, Lesley Wilson, has underscored that higher education has many challenges which should be quickly reacted to. He discussed the competitions for students, researchers, but also about partnerships.
In his opinion, universities have a high potential to become strong partners in various areas.
In the period 21 – 23 November, representatives from 22 countries participate in the international conference UNI-SET Energy Clustering in Bucharest, the topic being intelligent systems of energy and addresses the development of innovative research and educational programs in the energy sphere.