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A Seminar on Renewable Energy Challenges

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in collaboration with the Centre for Research, HRD and Publications (CRHP) of Prime University organized a seminar entitled 'Renewable Energy Challenges'on 12 February 2020 (Wednesday) at 3.00 pm in Room No. 805. Professor Dr Bilash Kanti Bala, Head, Department of EEE presided over the program. Md Ashraf Ali, Chairman, Board of Trustees, graced the seminar as the Chief Guest and Mir Shahabuddin, Senior Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees and Professor Dr Md Jahangir Alam, Vice Chancellor, Prime University were present in the program as special guests. Prof Dr. M Samsul Alam, Energy Advisor, Consumers Association of Bangladesh and Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Daffodil International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh was the Keynote Speaker of the seminar. M A Jabbar, Registrar, Heads, Faculty Members, Executives and students of different departments of Prime University were also present in the seminar. Md Ashraf Ali, emphasized on the outcome of the seminar and also mentioned how we can utilize energy and to make it environment friendly.

Prof Dr. M Samsul Alam discussed on performances of different types of mini grid system, real world scenario of Kurigram, Meghnar Char and Monpura areas mini grid system. The following recommendations were suggested by the speaker:

  • Ensure competition among financing organizations as well as off and on grid electricity market.
  • Govt. financed should be not only through IDCOL, but also through others
  • IDCOL entitle to get only service charge, not only the cost and is to be ensured
  • Standards for RE and EE & C products implementation shall be mandatory.
  • Private sectors' CSR shall be used as an internal resources for RE and EE & C projects.
  • Access to financing criteria for RE projects shall be revised.
  • P&E development policy shall be reviewed to promote RE development
  • Role of RE wing of Power Division shall be limited only to upstream policy regulator.

Professor B. K. Bala, summed up the presentation with including remarks. Prof Bala emphasized the gradual transmission to distributed system with introduction of renewable energy in order to ensure energy security with minimum contribution of global warming of sustainable development. This necessitates integrated energy planning and smart grid for optimal energy mix including renewable energy for economic development and growth.

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