Welcome Note, CES Ceremony
The Center for Energy Systems was announced in June 2011 with the vision to be a world class education and applied research centre dedicated to resolving Pakistan’s Energy crises leading to sustainable development of the country through enterprise activities. The inauguration of renewable energy labs, research journal and center website took place in January 2012. It was recognized as the USAID Center for Advanced Studies in April 2012 following a competitive bid. It launched its maiden MS degree program in Energy Systems Engineering as of fall 2012, the only program in the country, inviting great attention.
The MS degree program together with Bio Fuel Park generously funded by NRG Bio Fuels Canada was retroactively inaugurated on November 10, 2012. We signed MoUs with three leading industries namely FFCL, ICI and SPC-APTMA to reinforce Academia-industry linkage. These industries are both users and producers of energy with active programs in energy management. The 2nd issue of the NUST Energy Solutions was also brought out on this occasion.
Academia-industry linkages will be fostered for innovation performance. This linkage is vital for commercially driven work and outputs. Industry provides the means through which individual discoveries become value added products. Likewise core technologies likely to spark new industries often result from university patents. An industrial exhibition depicting latest gadgets on renewable energy technologies was held concurringly.
The Centre’s outreach is triggered by its collaborating partners both at home and abroad. Our international partners are located across four continents with whom we have working relations and even joint publications that include NRG Canada, OSU USA, Koroto Sheffield UK, Witts and, Monomer RSA, UKM Malaysia, ASEAN, and Tsingua University China, among others. We profoundly realize this equation at NUST and will keep striving to sustain and strengthen it.
The Center featured in all major international energy moots like NASIC, World Future Energy Summit, International Conference on Climate Change, VESSCCA, AGL, China Pakistan Cooperation Conference, UKPK Coal Conference, UN ESCAP APCTT, 5th South Asia Economic Summit, NDU and HEC-USAID workshop on promoting university industry interaction.
In a short span of about a year CES faculty has contributed over half a dozen papers and two US patents on innovative technologies.
Our faculty and students appeared on the popular TV show Sabz Inqlab (Green Revolution) to create awareness among farmers and the public at large about the prospects of energy crops and the production of Bio Fuels.
As part of the Policy Dialogue Series of the SDPI, CES NUST reviewed the Pakistan Power Sector Outlook report on KESC and provided their analysis which is published as commendations.
Since its inception CES has developed and demonstrated several technologies including Pakistan’s first solarized Photo bioreactor for Algae production, Solar assisted hydrogen production for efficient fuel combustion, our partners NRG Biofuel Canada planted Jatropha field on 5 acres in southern Punjab to test on a commercial scale its prototype technology which enables highly efficient bio oil expression. Our thanks to Mr. Nawab Latif Abbasi for dedicating the land for this project. We have recently designed and fabricated an autoclave that will enable any kind of biomass including Algae to be directly converted to liquid fuel. We have also successfully developed and synthesized the catalyst to convert Syn gas into diesel for which a pilot scale plant will be set up at NUST soon. We appreciate the support of Planning Commission and FFCL in this direction.
Under the USAID-CAS program, CES ventures to develop into an international center of excellence compared with the best in the world. Leading edge facilities in solar, fuel cells, clean coal and bio fuels will be established. It will raise 250 outstanding graduates and conduct 50 applied projects in active engagement with US counterparts and local industry over the next five years.