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Pakistan can Produce 20,000MW from Wind: UAF
« on: October 02, 2013, 10:59:20 AM »
Pakistan can Produce 20,000MW from Wind: UAF
Faisalabad :October 02:  The 50 megawatt, which will be generated from Quaid-i-Azam Solar Park in Cholistan, will be added to the national grid in six months under the first phase, said Punjab Energy Minister Sher Ali Khan.
Addressing the inaugural session of a three-day international conference on renewable energy technologies in Pakistan arranged by the UAF Faculty of Agri Engineering in collaboration with the University of Kassel, Germany, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the International Centre for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) here on Tuesday, he said that the Punjab government was taking all possible steps to resolve the energy crisis. The promotion of alternative energy was also a part of the strategy mapped out to reduce loadshedding, he added. He said that the country had the capacity to generate 23,000MW whereas it was generating 16,000MW. He said that the Punjab government was setting up small dams on canals to generate 10-20MW. He said that the government would soon initiate a project at Taunsa Barrage to produce 120MW. The minister said that the government was also mulling to produce power from biomass in the province. There were 48 sugar mills in the province, which were being encouraged to produce electricity from sugarcane waste so that it could be added to the national grid.


Dr Muhammad Iqbal of the UAF called for promoting alternative energy technologies. He said that Pakistan could produce 20,000MW only from wind. He was of the view that 720 million kilogram animal dung per day could produce 1,243MW while 81 million tones of biomass could contribute significantly for energy production without harmful effects on the environment.


Dr Oliver Hensel of the University of Kassel said that Pakistan was blessed with the seasons where sun shone all the year and the farmers should get benefit from the solar energy. Dr Anjum Munir said that it was need of the hour to shift to alternative energy technology as Pakistan was facing shortage of fossil fuel. He said that the UAF had set up biogas plant. He said that the UAF had launched the Energy System Engineering degree keeping the importance of energy sector in the country in view. Later, the minister along with UAF Vice-Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan visited the biogas plant and solar energy units in the university. The news.
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