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The School of Energy and Climate Change opens with the presentation by Louise O. Fresco, professor of Agriculture from the University of Amsterdam

April 21, 2008

Seville, April 21, 2008.- The general manager of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation, Anabel Morillo León, and Assistant Dean of Educational Center of the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP), Ángel Pelayo, today opened the School of Energy and Climate Change, “Alternative energies: Scope and limitations”, which will be held through next Thursday, April 24th, at the Hospital de los Venerables, in Seville.

Anabel Morillo and Ángel Pelayo were accompanied by Louise O. Fresco, professor of Agriculture at the University of Amsterdam and director of this year’s edition of the School, José María O’Kean Alonso and Antonio Villar Notario, both professors at the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville.

Louise O. Fresco then presented the course program, which is aimed at providing the finest, most rigorous forum for the analysis of the different technological possibilities currently proposed as a response to present and future energy-environmental challenges.

The first day included presentations by Pedro Gómez Romero, a researcher from the Center of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research (CIN2), and Rolf Linkohr, chair of the Center for European Energy Strategy.

The morning session will begin with a conference to be given by Louise O. Fresco. This former director of research for the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and assistant to the FAO’s director general, Jacques Diouf will analyze conventional energy, bio-energy, and climate change in the current worldwide context.

In the afternoon, the School will “move” to the Solúcar platform, which Abengoa Solar has built in Sanlúcar la Mayor, Seville. Participants will be able to visit Europe’s largest solar platform, where almost all of the current solar technologies coexist either in commercial operation or as demonstrations.

The newly-opened School of Energy and Climate Change, previously called the School of Technology, is part of the Focus-Abengoa Forum on Energy and Climate Change, the purpose of which is to promote, through public debate programs, an open forum for research, presentation, and confrontation of ideas and results in connection with renewable energies and aspects related to climate change.

Climate change and the unceasing demand for energy are forcing all countries to revise their development strategies. The objective of this course is to serve as the optimum framework for analyzing, studying, evaluating, and presenting opinions on this challenge from the political-institutional and scientific-technical perspectives.

As the result of a collaboration agreement between the Focus-Abengoa Foundation and the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP), the School of Energy and Climate Change has been created with the main goal of offering an institutional and scientific perspective of the first order, in regard to the role that different technologies and policies can play in the future of energy at the regional, national, and international levels.

The participants in this new edition of the School were also able to enjoy the exhibit Saint Rufina. Velázquez: From devotional works to court scenes, which consists of several works by the Sevillian painter, which occupies the main exhibit space at the Focus-Abengoa offices. The painting Saint Rufina, which the Foundation purchased in July 2007, is displayed along with three important oil paintings, also by Velázquez: Saint Ildefonso Receiving the Chasuble from the Virgin, A Sibyl and The Infanta Maria of Austria, Queen of Hungary.

The Focus-Abengoa Foundation was created in 1982 as the outcome of the cultural efforts begun by Abengoa back in 1972 with its publication of Sevillian Topics and Iconography of Seville. During this same period, a collection of documents, books and engravings on the Kingdom of Seville and Sevillian authors was also amassed. This initial cultural impetus led Abengoa’s leaders to realise the importance of going beyond the company’s merely technological functions with activities that would benefit society. Thus, the Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla Foundation was born.

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