Tapping the Untapped: Exploiting Renewable Sources to meet the Ever-increasing Energy Requirements


Prof. Laiq Hasan, University of Engineering & Technology Peshawar, Pakistan -- 24-05-2018


Khyber Paktunkhwa (KP), a province in Pakistan, has about half of Pakistan’s total hydro-power potential i.e. 30 GW of 60 GW. Out of this figure, only 3.8 GW has been tapped to produce useful energy so far and future planned projects of 3.9 GW are in pipeline. The energy projects involve many Micro Hydro Power Projects (MHPs) which are mostly installed in the northern mountainous areas of KP.

The government of KP has implemented 356 MHPs and another project of 1200 MHPs is in pipeline. But unfortunately, many of them are facing failures (or high rate depletion) due to certain reasons. So for this, we are devising a Socio-Technical Mathematical Model for the sustainability of such MHPs.

The project considers both technical (Engineering) and social aspects of energy development. The term Socio-Technical implies that both the Social and Technical variables that affect these projects are included. The project focuses on Statistical analysis of the preliminary data (collected via Surveys); developing statistical and analytical models; Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) based analytics of survey data sets like Pattern Recognition for analyzing significant social variables; Qualitative analysis of the MHPs. This will help increasing potential success rate of such projects.

Talking about The Netherlands: As per World Energy Council (WEC) data in 2014, only 5.5% of the country’s energy needs were fulfilled by the renewable sector. This gap could be reduced if renewable sources like underwater tidal turbines could be exploited. Preliminary success/failure analysis could be performed using similar techniques thereby supporting the country in achieving its target of 37% of total energy coming from Renewable sources by 2020.


Dr. Laiq Hasan completed his PhD and Post Doc at CE Lab TUDelft in March 2012. He is currently working as a chair professor at the department of Computer Systems Engineering, University of Engineering & Technology Peshawar, Pakistan. His research interests include, Bioinformatic, HPC, Embedded Systems and Sustainable Models for Renewable Energy Systems. He has a number of journal and conference publications to his credit. Besides initiating PhD program in SE, he has played a pivotal role in establishing HEC sponsored Cyber Security Lab, USAID funded CISCO Networking Academy and Academies Support Center at the department. Further, he is a university coordinator for the British Council's Active Citizens Program where community related issues are resolved through implementing various Social Action Projects. 

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