USPCAS-E Award Winners at Arizona Energy Conference

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USPCAS-E, Scholars from the U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Energy, attended University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar and Arizona State University won an award to make their country proud.

They competed with Arizona’s top universities graduate and postdoctoral candidates in two-day an annual symposium concentrating on renewable energy, technology, and policy at the Sixth Annual Student Conference on Renewable Energy Science, Technology, and Policy.

USPCAS-E Poster Award Winners Scholars from the US-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Energy, University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar pose in front of their poster titled, “Hybrid Energy Testbeds for Remote Communities of Pakistan.” Winners are Khurram Shahzad, Muhammad Shoaib Khalid, Kiran Israr, Ahmad Amin and Adnan Zahid.

Muhammad Shoaib Khalid, Khurram Shahzad, Kiran Israr, Adnan Zahid and Ahmad Amin respected with the Distinguished Poster Award. Their blurb was titled, “Crossbreed Energy Testbeds for Remote Communities of Pakistan” and concentrated on the reconciliation of various sorts of age frameworks, such as utilizing sun oriented, miniaturized scale hydro and biomass frameworks.

USPCAS-E is a major energy research project funded by USAID in Pakistan dealing with applied and joint research. This project poster, like USPCAS-E’s goals, is focused on improving conditions for the scholars’ home country which suffers from extreme rolling blackouts in urban as well as in rural areas.

Shahzad stated that According to World Bank report, 44 % Pakistan’s rural population not connected to grid and deprived of electricity. Exploring hybrid energy solutions could relieve the strain felt in rural Pakistan.

Khalid, principal investigator of the joint project emphasized the tapping of renewable energy resources for electrification of rural communities of Pakistan and the importance of their work at ASU’s Photovoltaic Reliability Lab under the supervision of Govindasamy Tamizhmani, a faculty member who studies energy efficient technologies in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

He explained that the joint project team aimed to provide a foundation for roll-out of microgrids with multiple generation options including solar PV, solar or biomass, micro-hydro, and genset.

This is the 4th cohort of scholars participating in this USAID-funded exchange program. ASU is looking forward to hosting future award-winning scholars with the intent of furthering research into renewables while fortifying Pakistan’s energy future.


Published in: Volume 08 Issue 46

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