International journal selects USP academic to write paper
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Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and Physics, Dr Anirudh Singh, with a copy of the May 2012 edition of the Biofuels journal.
The commissioning editor of Biofuels, a new British journal published by Future Science, selected Dr Anirudh Singh from the University of the South Pacific to write a perspective article for its May 2012 edition on the status of biofuels in Fiji.
Dr Singh, who is the Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and Physics, was identified after the editor noticed his earlier review of the status of renewable energy in Fiji published in the Economic Bulletin in 2009.
Although many reports have been published on the status of biofuel developments in Fiji and the region, Dr Singh explains that his eight-thousand word article is the first peer-reviewed paper that provides a comprehensive perspective of the development of the biofuel industry in Fiji and the Pacific.
He feels honoured to have been chosen to write the perspective article.
Dr Singh elaborated that, “being commissioned to write a paper is different from submitting one on your own accord. When you are selected to write an article, you are considered to be more than capable for the job and in some ways to be an expert in that field.”
“This will to some extent improve USP’s visibility on the global academic scene, and go towards enhancing its international profile as a Pacific centre of academic excellence,” he added.
The perspective article gives details about the energy challenges faced by Fiji and Pacific Island Countries and considers the energy requirements as well as the current status of the biofuel industry in Fiji. It goes on to show how the biofuels industry may be developed in Fiji and notes the success of Fiji’s outer island electrification programme using coconut oil-based power generation. It concludes that Fiji can use its annual production of 113,000 tonnes of molasses and 5 million litres of coconut oil to produce more than sufficient fuel blends E10 (for petrol engines) and B5 (for diesel engines) for its own use and with a little more effort, the country could become a net exporter of these commodities.
The Biofuels journal, first published in 2010, is read by strategists, policy and decision-makers in London and other important global political centres.