Federal Minister for Science & Technology Fawad Chaudhry has announced that Pakistan will start domestic production of solar energy panels in a year and a half.
While briefing to media about Pakistan’s ingenious step he said
“We will be able to transform free solar power to the batteries. With the rapid technological change, each residential unit will have its separate domestic powerhouse, and the size of the battery will reduce with its enhanced power,” he added.
Moreover, one time chargeable 1 million-mile batteries are also being introduced for electric vehicles. That would replace petrol vehicles in the country in the years to come.
Pros and Cons of Solar Energy
Unquestionably Pakistan is a blessed country. According to Solar experts, an area needs a minimum of four hours of peak sunlight for solar energy to be economically viable. Peak sunlight refers to the time when daylight is bright, and directly shining on solar panels. Luckily, Pakistan has 300 or more sunny days every year.
Consequently, the vast majority of the country’s landmass receives seven or more hours of peak light each year.
Last year, Finance Minister Asad Umar said in a budget speech.
“Pakistan is paying the heavy cost of an ongoing energy crisis prevailing for the last many years. In this difficult time, the promotion of renewable energy resources like wind and solar has become indispensable,” he added.
On the other hand, the cost of maintenance is also notably high as the life of storage units vary from one to two years only.
Why spend millions of dollars on setting up and maintaining solar energy projects when they cannot produce electricity for more than four hours a day? Finally, consumers rely primarily on traditional power systems to meet their day-to-day needs.
Solar energy projects produce gases that are harmful to human health as well as the environment. “Solar plants produce bad gases during storage,” said an industry official.
Projects in Pipeline
Furthermore, The Minister revealed that Prime Minister Imran Khan has also directed the Ministry of Science and Technology to set up 400 science and technology schools all over Pakistan.
Besides this, he added that 66% of Pakistan’s annual health budget is utilized in treating water-borne diseases. Therefore, the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) has decided to share its data with the public. To allow the construction of new water filtration plants through a data-driven approach.
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