Barbados’ minister of energy and water resources is pushing for 100 percent renewable energy in the nation, saying that the next breakthrough in the area of renewable resources could be from Barbados.

The minister, Wilfred Abrahams, issued the clarion call during the opening ceremony of the inaugural Energy Expo at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre last weekend, the Barbados Advocate reported Nov. 25.

Abrahams said he met with a young scientist, Nikolai Holder, who was pursuing a doctorate’s degree and had successfully converted grass into fuel.

“He has done it on a small scale and as I listen to him and hear his dream and what he believes can be accomplished — he also highlighted the lack of resources put into research and development — and I began to see the frustration that held us back,” the minister said. “It is not enough for us to build on what other people have developed. It is not enough to look to other people to innovate and then try to jump on the train after the train has left the station. We need to push in Barbados the ‘I believe’ attitude. We need to buy into the dream of 100 percent renewable energy for Barbados.”

Abrahams said that after speaking to Holder and others in the industry, it was clear that something needed to be done.

He encouraged all persons to express their needs and wants to the ministry.

“I want to let all the entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists here understand that the ministry will do what it can to facilitate you,” Abrahams said. “Do not hesitate to ask for what you need. We may not be able to give you everything that you want, but unless you ask for it, we will not know how to start to help you.”

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