BE2C2 Report; Jan 3, 2017 — Engineering students from the Lahore-based University of Management and Technology (UMT) have designed Pakistan’s first solar plane.
Two students: Abdul Mateen and Syed Muhammad Junaid were working on this idea for a long time but now they have successfully completed the design model of a plane that runs on solar power. The airplane has been named “Shams One”. Shams is an Arabic word which means the sun.
This plane can fly day and night without any fuel — only uses solar power which is stored in its single battery. Students claim that by using this model, they can create a real plane like Swiss solar airplane “Solar Impulse”. They said that the components used in this model are imported but idea and talent are purely Pakistani.
Head of the UMT Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad said that in our country where most of the things are imported, but the geniuses like Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan and now these students are showing their talents one after another. Dr Hasan also added that this is not the first time, previously our students have created solar can and one of our faculty member won US Patent in radar technology.
According to experts, Pakistan can generate 50000 mw of electricity by harnessing wind power sources while the potential of solar power is said to be matchless. These sources of energy can satisfy all the needs of energy while surplus power can also be exported, several experts told BE2C2.
Meanwhile, The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has issued more licences for photo voltaic solar-based distributed generation facilities in Islamabad, as more people are opting for rooftop generation.
Nepra announced Net-Metering Regulations in September 2015, allowing consumers to generate renewable energy, particularly solar power for their own use, while feeding the surplus into the network of distribution companies.
With over 300 days of sunshine, the country has an enormous rooftop potential and rooftop solar can drastically bring down the power demand and reduce load on the distribution, transmission system.
Anyone willing to install generation facility and opting for net-metering would need to acquire distributed generation licence from Nepra.
Pakistan has set a target to add approximately 10 GW of renewable capacity by 2030 in addition to replacing 5% diesel with biodiesel by 2015 and 10% by 2025.
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