During the Exchange Program with ASU, a detailed research collaboration was formed which helped the other faculty at USPCAS-E in building a strong research collaboration with ASU faculty working in different areas of Energy and executed different research projects. Some of the major projects to benefit energy resources of Pakistan were PEM Fuel, hydrogen storage materials, batteries fabrication and testing for efficient energy storage and electrochemical reduction of CO2 for improved environment and converting CO2 into useful chemicals.
The U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy initiative is part of USAID’s larger $ 127 million investment that will harness applied research to find innovative and practical solution for Pakistan’s energy, water, agriculture, and food security challenges. USPCAS-E is designed to support Pakistan’s economic development by strengthening the relevance and responsiveness of universities products, including
applied and policy research and skilled graduates, to the needs of the public and private sector. The program is working in partnership of Two (02) Pakistani Universities, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)-Islamabad, University of Engineering and Technology (UET)-Peshawar and One (01) International University i.e. Arizona State University (ASU) from United States of America. The major goals of
USPCAS-E are to substantially improve the capacity of Pakistani higher education institutions to find innovative solutions to Pakistan’s greatest development challenges related to energy through – applied research and education of graduates & post graduates to meet the needs of Pakistan by enhancing the capacity of academia, industry, communities and leadership in policy dialogue. Besides the funding of 14.9mn USD for programmatic activities like tertiary education development programs, scholarships, exchange program and capacity building; USAID is also funding 5mn USD for infrastructural development of USPCAS-E building.