Mohammad A. Irfan did his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA in 1998. Following his PhD he worked for 2 years in the US industry. His work was related to Design of Industrial Burners. He was awarded the prestigious Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship in 2008. During his postdoc, he conducted research on design of microchannel heat exchangers for industrial waste heat recovery. He joined Qassim University, Saudi Arabia in 2010. At Qassim University he continued his research on industrial waste heat recovery. At Qassim University he founded the Industrial Energy Assessment Lab with the help of a Federal research grant. He has conducted energy audits in various industries in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. He has also received certification for Certified Energy Manager (CEM-AEE-USA) in 2016. Currently he is working as Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar, Pakistan.
The Need for Industrial Energy Audits in Pakistan
Mohammad A. Irfan Ph.D., CEM
University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan
Pakistan is facing a serious energy crisis. While much planning is done on the supply side, by installing addition generating capacity which comes at a huge cost, little thought is being given to manage the demand side more efficiently.
"We cannot improve what we cannot measure." For any improvements to be made on the demand side, the first step is to measure the energy use scientifically. Energy Audits are well established to measure the energy use in industry as well as in buildings. Energy Audits lead to the suggestion of energy conservations measures. These energy conservation measures, once implemented, can save the energy bill anywhere from 5% to 30%. This saving is immediate profit to the industrialist. It must also be realized, that 30% energy saved is like having an additional 30% of generating capacity. Whereas the savings comes at a fraction of the cost as compared to the generation costs.
This talk shares the experience of establishing industrial energy assessment centers at universities. As Pakistan is moving toward industrialization, especially with CPEC projects, it must ensure that the industries utilize power efficiently and do not become a future burden on the generation capacity.
The Energy Audits thus provided quantify immediate savings to the industry, involves training of students in the critical field of energy audits and sharpens faculty members with industrial interaction.