Irrigation and electric vehicle sectors should be the focus areas for renewable energy applications in Bangladesh, Prime Minister’s Energy Advisor Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury has said.
He made the remarks at a webinar on 'Renewable Energy Storage: Opportunities and Challenges', organized by Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (Sreda) recently.
According to Chowdhury, the government is now burdened with extra electricity generation for peak hour consumption.
“If the targeted 10% solar electricity is added to the grid, it will augment the existing power generation. So, the best use of solar power should be in the irrigation sector and as well as for charging electric vehicles," he said.
As per Sreda statistics, the country has about 1.34 million diesel- irrigation pumps for which the government has taken up projects to convert them into solar-run systems.
The virtual seminar, chaired by Sreda chief Mohammad Alauddin, was also addressed by Power Cell Director General Mohammad Hossain and United International University Prof Rezwan Khan.
Prof Ziauur Rahman Khan of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) conducted the seminar while Paul Freunscht, Executive Director of Intel, Germany, and Dr Eckehard Troster, CEO of Energynautics, Germany, made keynote presentations on the topic.