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Inauguration of New U.S. Science Corner for Energy Research

UDB's Director of Student and Academic Services Nelson Quintanilla explains how they will use the Science Corner tools.

UDB's Director of Student and Academic Services Nelson Quintanilla explains how they will use the Science Corner tools.

On October 8, officials from the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador and Don Bosco University (UDB) met to inaugurate the newly-completed U.S. Science Corner for Energy Research on the UDB campus.

The space, which was made possible by a $50,000 grant from the U.S. State Department’s Science Corner program, will facilitate new projects in the areas of renewable energy, and help researchers to find new and innovative ways to harness existing energy resources more efficiently.

Approximately 50% of El Salvador’s current energy needs are met by renewable energy sources, mostly from hydroelectric and geothermal power plants designed to take advantage of El Salvador’s natural energy landscape.  As Ambassador Aponte pointed out in her remarks, promoting the use of renewable energy is a major priority for the Obama Administration both domestically and abroad, and the Science Corner project fits directly with President Obama’s vision of uniting the Western hemisphere in the development of clean energy sources through new investment, original research, and the sharing of best practices among countries in the region.

The U.S. Science Corner for Energy Research at UBD is the second project of its kind to be established in Central America under the Science Corner program, following the creation of the School of Agriculture at Liberia University in Guanacaste, Costa Rica in 2009.