PPP in biogas, solar energy encouraged

January 22, 2013 by  
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PPP in biogas, solar energy encouraged

* Results encouraging due to steps by Ministry of Science, Technology

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: Public Private Partnership (PPP) in promotion of solar energy and biogas energy has resulted in encouraging outcome across the country.

According to the details apart from Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Water and Power, Ministry of Climate Change and Higher Education Commission (HEC) through public and private universities are involved in promotion of solar energy and biogas.

The steps taken by the Ministry of Science and Technology to produce and use of solar energy and biogas in the country during the period from January 2000 to December 2007 and their results achieved so far are encouraging.

Solar Energy: For the promotion of solar energy in the country, Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) an organisation of Ministry of Science and Technology has taken following steps during the period mentioned above. Installed Solar Photovoltaic Power Units of 62 kilowatts (kw) capacity for electrification of mosques and remote area houses mostly in Balochistan and Sindh provinces for demonstration purpose to raise awareness among public. Disseminated 215 solar cookers (Dish Type), 653 solar cooker of family size and 13 solar dryers (7 solar dryer of 50 kilogramme/day capacity) 3 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 4 in Punjab, remaining are used in the country as a prototype.

PCRET carried out research and Development reverse engineering and developed various solar energy products indigenously such as high intensity low powered solar lights, solar desalination units, flat plate solar collectors for solar water heaters, solar dryers etc.

Established ‘Solar Test Lab’ for provision of services to test the solar thermal products, batteries and invertors etc for private and public sector organisations/companies for quality assurance of solar energy products in the country. During aforementioned years PCRET started mega project (at a cost of Rs 418.498 million) for production of solar photovoltaic panels up to 80 kw per annum. This project is near completion. The panels produced under this project will be installed mainly for remote village electrification.

Biogas: PCRET has installed 1705 Domestic Biogas plants on cost sharing basis during the period January 2000 to December 2007 for demonstration purpose. Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) has developed small scale portable biogas plants at PCSIR Laboratories complex Lahore and process for compression/filling of methane gas has also been developed.

Solar Energy Centre of PCSIR at Hyderabad (now named as PCSIR Laboratories Hyderabad) had developed solar water desalination plants for coastal areas and solar dehydrators for fruit and vegetable dehydration especially for dates and chillies.

PCRET collaborated with various national, international and private organisations for imparting training, conducting seminars and workshops, exchange visits and other solar technology and biogas related activities for their promotion in the country.

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