U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E) has been launched at National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) to bring forth NUST Energy Sector programs, activities and projects. Diversity in Energy with greater share of renewable in the energy mix is the overriding theme in league with the current global energy road map. We acknowledge and commemorate the generous contribution of industry in the form of high-end research equipment and their continued support towards our renewable energy program. The objective of the Center is to introduce and consolidate new programs, especially national projects that can be directly integrated with the larger energy related initiatives in the country.
The Centre’s vision resides in setting up pilot plants to demonstrate the feasibility of specific programs in various energy sectors and to perform advanced research, thus fostering meaningful and sustainable academia-industry collaboration. Thermal and electrical power together with clean coal technologies and renewables are focal areas of the Centre. The USPCAS-E outreach is triggered by its interaction with its multiple research and technical collaboration partners both at home and abroad, especially Arizona State University (ASU) and Oregon State University (OSU).
USPCAS-E enhances innovation and cross discipline partnership in the fields related to alternative energy technology development. Currently, various institutions of NUST offer 120 courses related to energy. These outfits have published 50 papers and filed 8 patents including one US patent in the energy sector. Funding received through competitive grants amounts to PKR 36.0 M whilst the industrial funding stands at PKR 120 M to date. The Center’s faculty while publishing high quality research is also engaged in applied research projects to create positive impact on energy sector of the country. USPCAS-E has to date conducted sizeable projects in collaboration with the IFC, World Bank, UNIDO, FFCL and HEC amounting to more than USD 1.0 M in value.
I trust that collaborative industry-academia partnerships will achieve technological breakthrough developments by conducting energy related research to congregate local and global needs.