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CES Holds Workshop on Solar Applications

A two-day Workshop titled SOLAR APPLICATIONS was organized by the Centre for Energy Systems (CES) on February 17–18, 2014.

The knowledge transfer / sharing session provided a unique learning opportunity to all those interested in the subject. The participants comprised an interesting mix of delegates from all spheres, including Asian Development Bank (ADB), Executive Management from Attock Refinery Limited (ARL) and AGL, regulators from NEPRA, local service providers, young entrepreneurs, architects, interior designers with a passion for energy efficient and low carbon buildings, and NUST faculty and students. In all, 97 delegates registered for the Workshop.

A wide range of topics were covered by the principal instructor, Mr. Fritz Boehmler, from Germany, a seasoned professional with 25 years of experience in designing and implementing Solar PV standalone / grid connected systems. Mr Fritz Boehmler graduated in 1986 from a reputed University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Later, he joined pro-solar Energietechnik GmbH as shareholder and marketing Director (Distribution of thermal systems to heating installer companies).

Some of the topics covered in the workshop included:

  • Solar hybrid systems for industrial applications
  • Decision making; evaluation, technical financial options
  • Is SOLAR economical and affordable for Pakistan
  • Mandatory know how about solar
  • Perceptions and facts
  • Rural electrification; neglected potential for governmental programs.
  • New solutions to old problems including financing.
  • Addressing How to? Price - trap for government tenders?
  • How public sector can contribute in "solarising" Pakistan
  • Suggestions for successful programs
  • How to design standalone 1-5KW systems, UPS
  • Designing Solar street lighting systems
  • Solar PV Power Plant Simulations (conducted by Prof. Ahmed Sohial) 
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    An informal panel discussion was structured in on Day 2 to discuss technical challenges, system bottlenecks, and the way forward for tangible outcomes. The panel comprised Mr. Shahid Ahmed, Energy Specialist (Consultant) from Asian Development Bank (ADB) Resident Mission in Pakistan, Mr. Tariq Ranjha, Director NEPRA and Mr. Fritz Boehmler, the principal instructor. The panel discussion was more of an interactive debate and delegates were proactive in discussing opportunities, addressing technical and system integration challenges.

    At the end of the seminar, all the registered participants were awarded certificates of participation. CES-NUST discussed with and convinced Mr. Boehmler on a workable business model on installing up to one MW facility at NUST Campus, while Solar-B has agreed in principle to go ahead with such a facility for which it will submit a formal proposal for consideration.



     
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