Experts stress focused approach on renewable energy stressed

Islamabad, October 20, 2016 (PPI-OT): The tree-day International Conference and Exhibition on Renewable Energy Technologies, which was concluded in Islamabad on Thursday, called for adopting all available techniques to produce renewable energy in order to cope with the energy shortfall in the country. The event in its nine technical sessions and a posters exhibition session touched upon important topics related to the theme of the event.

Speakers and experts representing various Pakistani universities, public sector organizations, industry, and development sector made their presentations on relevant topics. The event was jointly organized by the Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies, COMSATS and ISESCO.

The local participants made presentations on production and use of by-hydrogen as a renewable energy option, use of Solar Photovoltaic in agriculture; domestic techniques for producing solar electricity; advanced techniques for recycling to produce energy from waste energy. Other presentations touched upon financial mechanism of Micro Hydro Program in Chitral and its sustainability, explored the role of advance energy technologies for addressing the current energy crises. The current techniques and technologies to utilize wind and solar energy, as well as the challenges involved in their use were also reviewed.

The foreign speakers of the event belonged to Industrial Research and Consultancy Centre, Sudan; Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan; Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran; Royal Scientific Society, Jordan; Qorvo, Inc., USA; King Design Co. Ltd., Taiwan; and National Research Centre, Egypt.

They deliberated on a number of important topics including advances on biomass pyrolysis for the production of biodiesel; materials and techniques used in solar cells to improve their efficiency; making renewable energy more cost-effective by lowering their the Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE); Capacity Building in Wind Energy and Solar Power and the use of micro-alga in different sectors including energy, food, fertilizers, Nutraceuticals, Cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals, and wastewater treatment.

The event was given a becoming end with a panel discussion which was chaired by Dr. Iqbal Chaudhry of Qorvo, Inc., Greensboro, USA, and co-chaired by Nadeem Zakir, Head of Photovoltaic Division of PCRET. The session touched upon a number of issues particularly the role of public, private sectors, and academia; promotion of relevant initiatives through media and other stakeholders; and better coordination between policy-makers industry and academia. At the conclusion of the event, Federal Secretary Science and Technology Fazal Abbas Maken distributed the certificates to the participants.

For more information, contact:
Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS)
COMSATS Headquarters: 4th Floor, Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, Opp. Radio Pakistan,
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Tel: (+92-51) 9214515-17
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