STAFF REPORT IBD: A technical training workshop on Solar Pumping System has recently been organized by the Institute of Space Technology (IST) in collaboration with M/s Lorentz, a leading manufacturer of solar-operated pump systems in the world, and Nizam Energy Pakistan.

A large number of people from government, RandD organizations, HEC, universities, students and faculty attended the workshop where the participants showed keen interest in the workshop and the products presented by the companies.

The purpose of this workshop was to discuss strategies for creating awareness which encourages wider adoption of solar power by businesses, households and agriculture.

Vice Chancellor IST, Engr Imran Rahman, while welcoming the delegates and experts from world renowned enterprises in Solar Energy, apprised the audience about possible co-ventures with international companies in order to make available import substitution through research and indigenization of some important components, a dire need of the time for promotion of industrial-academia culture in the country.

The Vice Chancellor thanked the CEO Nizam Energy Usman Ahmed for generous donation of 2 KW of complete solar system and to establish research lab facilities at IST in collaboration with world renowned companies and provide job opportunities to IST graduates.

Pakistan is producing a total 18 MW from solar energy. Germany this summer generated 50% of their electricity from solar and their installed capacity is 18 GW. China has already installed 5 GW, India and Thailand has 1 GW each. Saudi Arabia has plans of installation of 20 GW by 2020, despite having rich oil resources.

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