Renewable Energy in Pakistan

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Energy has always been a vital and indispensable input in any economy. It functions as blood stream in production, a fuel for transportation and power source in electricity generation. he population of Pakistan is growing at an alarming rate and the demand on the existing nergy supplies are also increasing; therefore it is necessary to identify alternate/Renewable iiergy sources.

Since, Renewable resources of energy has been considered non depleteable therefore ittention of the policy makers and researchers has been focused on efficient exploration of ilternative energy resources for catering a portion of total energy requirements in the future.

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Therefore one of the main tasks before the Government has been to formulate ways and means to achieve energy self reliance through the application of Renewable Energy Technologies with this very objective in hand the Government of Pakistan Established Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) under Ministry of Science & Technology with aim to search, develop and promote Renewable Energies.

Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) has been acquiring and updating know how imperative for the promotion and mass propagation of Renewable Energy Technologies in the field of Solar, Microhydel, Wind etc. Various technological knowhow have already been adapted and indigenized by the Council, so far, in the field of Renewable Energy Technologies. The technologies being promoted developed and dissemination by the Council are not only technical time tested but are economical as well. In fact all the projects undertaken by the Council intend to promote and supplement Government efforts in solacing the vital energy deficit.

PCRET has been making its best to develop, promote and disseminate Renewable Energy Technologies in different fields. Despite a number of difficulties in the development and promotion of renewable energy technologies the Council has come up with tremendous achievements in the development and deployment of renewable energy technologies during the year in reference.

Research and Development Activities PCRET is basically a research organization with aim behind to evolve renewable energy technologies beneficial to the masses. The detail is as under.

Standard test procedures for testing of flat plate solar absorber and PV panel has been drafted and submitted to PSQCAfor registration On completion of project the testing services for solar products will be provided to parties/private sector for quality production of PV and solar thermal products.

Achievements of PCRET during 2008-09

* 624 solar cells of 624 KW capacities have been fabricated

* 105 solar Modules of over 105 W capacity have been fabricated. …