STAFF REPORT KHI: The persistent energy crisis in Pakistan has badly impacted the national economy shattering both agriculture and industry sector and to deal with this critical situation the only option is alternate energy.

These views were expressed by speakers of the third International Conference on Computer and Emerging Technologies (ICCET) recently held at the Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU).

In his remarks on the occasion, Dr Zubair A. Shaikh, said that Pakistan is an agricultural country with vast opportunities to generate electricity from bio-waste. Such plants could be established at sugar mills, rice husking mills, livestock farms and food processing centers. Bio-waste in homes and villages could also be used to generate energy.

Other speakers including Dr Mahmood Shah, Dr Thuy, Nisar Ahmed Siddiqui, Dr Syed Irfan Haider, Dr Nisar Ahmed Memon, Dr Abdul Rehman Abbasi, and Yasir Ahmed suggested manufacturing of domestic type, home-grown, mini wind turbines.

They highlighted the role of solar energy and said solar panels should be used for streetlights and other purposes. These technologies should be given priority, particularly for being used in agriculture.

They said energy efficient buildings should be constructed that may have skylight windows (to eliminate the need of bulbs). They said better adaptive insulating material saves energy as it changes properties with outside climate.

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