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Students call for details on offshore wind energy farms

The Mcast students who took part in the consultation meeting (back row, from left Antmar Gatt, Andrew Aquilina, Brandon Portelli, Luke Zammit, Matthew Muscat and James Gabarretta. (Front row, from left Robert Farrugia, Abigail Dimech and Matthew Dawson.

The Mcast students who took part in the consultation meeting (back row, from left Antmar Gatt, Andrew Aquilina, Brandon Portelli, Luke Zammit, Matthew Muscat and James Gabarretta. (Front row, from left Robert Farrugia, Abigail Dimech and Matthew Dawson.

Students at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology recently called for the organisation of more opportunities for the public to learn about offshore wind farms and the implications of the deployment of this technology in Maltese waters.

The students, who are following the new Mcast-Btec Extended Diploma in Environmental Sustainability at the college’s Institute of Applied Science, recently took part in the regional consultation about offshore wind energy in Malta, held in Valletta.

The event was organised by the Malta Intelligent Energy Management Agency, as part of 4Power, an EU-funded project focusing on the role of different European regions regarding offshore wind energy.

The Mcast students learnt more about the latest findings of studies relating to offshore wind farms being carried out in Malta, the feasibility of this renewable energy source, its environmental impacts as well as issues regarding energy storage. They also learnt about offshore wind farms in other regions, such as the North Sea.

During a discussion following the consultation meeting, the students said local engineers, environmental scientists and policymakers should engage in further research and collaboration to determine the feasibility of offshore wind farms in Malta.

They added that the general public should be given more opportunities to learn about this technology and its implications.

By being adequately informed, the public would be in a better position to take part in the current debate about the possible introduction of offshore wind energy in Malta.

For more information about Mcast’s environmental sustainability courses, visit www.mcast.edu.mt or contact the institute on [email protected].

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