Beryl Baybay has always been interested in studying environmental management. Having studied both Architecture and Urban and Region Planning in the Philippines, Beryl decided to go to Wageningen University and finally do so.
“As an architect and planner I appreciated that the environmental management took place in an urban setting.” The master Urban Environmental Management was more comprehensive than Beryl had expected. “I liked the faculty’s effort to show environmental management practices in both developed and developing countries. Besides that, additional courses like Academic Consultancy Training helped developing professional working skills in negotiating with clients and consulting them. I feel more confident in conversing with persons with various backgrounds now.”
At first, Beryl wanted to take an internship in her home country, but no one would be able to supervise her work because the topic was that new in the Philippines. She decided to write the director of the Housing Development and Management (HDM) Department of Lund University in Sweden and she was able to start an internship there. “The HDM Department promotes the use of sustainable planning and participatory processes in providing good houses for the poor. I had already worked with the HDM Department and I knew I would be supervised properly.” During her internship Beryl did an initial research about the Bo01 Eco-neighbourhood in the city of Malmö. This neighbourhood was designed to optimise the possibilities for renewable energy sources. "When I started my internship, the renewable energy sources could not cover 100% of the energy demand. The energy demand was growing fast due to population growth and the extension of colder seasons. In my internship I investigated how Malmö could catch up and reach this growing demand. In my thesis I conducted further research on this topic.”
In her thesis Beryl investigated how much energy could be produced from solar and wind energy technologies placed on the buildings in Malmö. She used solar and wind simulation programs for investigating the effect of the form of the neighbourhood on the access to sun and wind. “I found out that due to the design of the Bo01 buildings, little energy could be produced from small-scale solar and wind technologies. For instance, the main facades were oriented away from the best solar directions during cold seasons.” Beryl tried to make her thesis comprehensible not only for scientists, but also for city planners and architects. "I hoped that they could hereby take the solar and wind access during the planning process into account. Therefore I provided detailed explanations and visualizations in my thesis.” All in all Beryl considers her thesis very useful. “My technical writing and analytical skills improved and I learned how to express myself better. Besides that, renewable energy provision in urban built areas is new in my country. I hope I can contribute to the development of renewable energy sources in Philippine cities with my gained knowledge!”