Dr. Knel Tourian on “A Road Map for Armenia to Face Its Future Energy Demands”

On Friday October 21, 2011, Haigazian University organized a lecture on developing renewable energy resources in Armenia. After some welcoming remarks the main speaker was introduced by Haigazian University Physics Professor, Dr. Hratch Barsoumian.The lecturer for this event was Dr. Knel TourIan, a Princeton graduate who has worked for many years in the field of energy research, particularly renewable energy sources.
Tourian began his presentation by discussing the challenges that Armenia has in finding natural resources, being limited to hydropower from the Sevan Lake and the Vorotan Cascade. He also emphasized the problems and controversy surrounding nuclear energy before suggesting a solution.
Tourian, who has received several awards for his work, including a Distinguished Service Award from the US Federal Laboratory Consortium, organized a team with the Danish Energy Management Company to make a strategic plan on how to develop the renewable energy resources of Armenia over the next 10 years.
This plan, according to Tourian, should be able to provide up to 500MW of power to the country by 2020, mainly through the use of small hydro power plants and solar energy.
Tourian concluded by revealing that the results of this study, which was funded by the World Bank, were presented to the Armenian government and he is hopeful of Armenia’s “green” energy future.