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Washington, D.C. - This week, Secretary Chu will travel to Scotland and Ireland where he will meet with government and academic leaders, as well as American and Irish business leaders who are engaged in clean energy industries. Both Scotland and Ireland share similar energy challenges and resources with the United States, including significant offshore wind energy potential. These countries have set rigorous renewable energy goals, including wind and water power, towards meeting the European Union's target of 20 percent energy from renewable sources by 2020.
On Tuesday, November 2, Secretary Chu will deliver a keynote address at the Glasgow Science Center. On Wednesday, November 3, Secretary Chu will tour University of Strathclyde's research facilities, including a high voltage technology laboratory, a wind energy systems training center and a microgrid laboratory.
On Thursday, November 4, the Secretary will tour the facilities at Eirgrid, Ireland's electricity Transmission Systems Operator. He will also host a clean energy town hall with U.S. and Irish business and NGO leaders. On Friday, November 5, Secretary Chu will give a keynote address at the International Sustainable Energy Conference: International Perspectives to 2050 and will participate in the Dublin City University's Nobel lecture series.
Galway and Kildare, Ireland
On Friday, the Secretary will tour Wavebob, a wave energy technologies company based in Ireland. On Saturday, November 6, Secretary Chu will tour the Marine Institute of Ireland, the national agency for marine R&D, including ocean energy.