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Mexico launches sustainable energy lab

Bnamericas Published: Thursday, April 07, 2016
Mexico launches sustainable energy lab

Mexico has launched a sustainable energy management and technological training laboratory to offer free online courses relating to the electric power sector.

The courses, which will be taught by the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), have been funded by the energy ministry and science and technology council (Conacyt) at a cost of 328mn pesos (US$18.3mn), the ministry said in a press release.

The program has been created by ITESM in conjunction with the University of California, Berkeley, Arizona State University, Mexico's state utility CFE and electricity research institute IIE.

Presenting the program, energy minister Pedro Joaquín Caldwell said that Mexico is in the throes of an energy and education revolution, and that the energy reform brings a significant change to the sector with the creation of competitive markets for hydrocarbons and electricity with the participation of private investors, opening the way for the use of new technologies.

He added that the establishment of local and international private energy firms demands the availability of trained personnel, and that the government, academia and the private sector are joining forces to train energy professionals with the launching of the laboratory.

The program will create 18 research laboratories and offer 125 scholarships for master's degrees and 30 for PhDs.

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