Government College University (GCU) Lahore signed a collaborative research project with Bartin University, Turkey for the cost-effective production of bioethanol and also included PhD students exchange programme between both the universities.
Both representatives negotiate the project was for three years and each year one PhD student of Government College University (GCU) would go to Bartin University, Turkey for a period of two months and similarly, three PhD students from Bartin University will also come to Government College university (GCU).
Bioethanol is basically a fuel used as a petrol substitute and the most powerful and important renewable energy source in which turkey is lacking behind in the production of bioethanol.
Turkey and Pakistan were currently importing 95 per cent of their energy requirement and had not yet put full efforts in the production of more sustainable energy.
The eventual goal of this project is to develop a process for fourth generation bioethanol production both in Turkey and Pakistan.
Pakistan was facing severe energy crisis and it needed to find a quick substitute of fossil fuels. The completion of the project would contribute greatly to the economies of both countries.
Dr M Nauman Aftab, Principal Investigator of the project from Pakistan, said solar and wind energy projects were not feasible for a country like Pakistan because they required huge investments for heavy installations and huge storage devices. “So, it’s high time that we must pay attention on mass scale production of renewable energy in the form of biofuel”.
Turkish Council General Emir Ozbey chaired the launching ceremony at the Government College University Lahore (GCU) Bukhari Auditorium.