Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Synergy Between Science and Technology Parks and Renewable Energy

Science and technology parks (STPs) have played an integral part in the development of many countries. Collaboration among different entities, such as the government, academic, and corporate institutions is a key impetus for groundbreaking innovations and scientific and technological advancement.

But with all the progress of the past decades, concerns about the STPs’ environmental impact have been raised, and should definitely be considered. While breakthroughs in science and technology are certainly welcome developments, environmental sustainability remains a pressing issue.

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Environmental sustainability is defined as reasonable consumption of resources, whether renewable or non-renewable, and limitation of pollution or waste. And with the state of the environment, projects and initiatives toward environmental sustainability bear a certain urgency.

Solar energy is a clean and free energy resource, a technology that gives STPs the capability to reduce, or even eliminate, the consumption of the usual sources of energy such as fossil fuel and oil. It also reduces gas emissions that pollute the environment and catalyze climate change.

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One such STP that has advanced in solar technology is the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park. In partnership with the different companies, a Solar Farm, with capacity of 22 megawatts and spread over about 170 acres, has been in use for years, and helps power the different facilities and projects of the STP.

When a synergistic relationship between STPs and renewable energy is reached, holistic development can be aspired for. Technological advancement does not have to compromise the environment.  

Dr. Russ Lea is experienced in the field of higher education and environmental leadership, providing his R&D and operational expertise to different research parks and facilities. Learn more about his services on this website.

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