U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) to Pakistan John Hoover inaugurated the International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies.  The two-day conference was organized by the U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E) - a United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project implemented in partnership with the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Peshawar.  

The conference brought together energy professionals and policymakers from academia, government, electric power companies, and manufacturing industries to exchange information and share ideas related to sustainable energy technologies.  

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, DCM Hoover said, “Our collaboration with the Higher Education Commission and the University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar to advance higher education is guided by a shared conviction that a well-informed and educated Pakistani workforce can better address these challenges and opportunities in Pakistan and in a globalized world.”

The Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission of Pakistan, Mr. Sartaj Aziz, emphasized the need to involve academia in creating sustainable solutions to address the energy crisis and expressed appreciation to the U.S. Government for its support in establishing the Centers for Advanced Studies.

The USAID-funded USPCAS-E is a joint initiative between the National University of Science and Technology, UET Peshawar, and Arizona State University focused on building Pakistan’s expertise to conduct applied research to meet Pakistan’s energy needs.  As part of USAID’s $127 million U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies program, approximately 100 graduate students and faculty members from USPCAS-E (UET Peshawar) will conduct applied research on energy at Arizona State University by 2019.  The partnership has also developed curricula, established new laboratories at National University of Science and Technology and UET Peshawar, and initiated exchange programs.

Presentations of Speakers can be downloaded here

A send-off reception was held at U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E), UET Peshawar for 16 students and faculty members of U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E) that will be spending one semester at the Arizona State University (ASU) as part of the exchange program funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The send-off reception was attended by officials from University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar and USPCAS-E management. The exchange program in partnership with the Arizona State University is coordinated through the USAID-funded U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E). The program offers promising students an opportunity to enhance their research skills and industry awareness and also provides faculty members an opportunity to upgrade their teaching and corporate-partnership skills.  

This initiative of the U.S. Government in the energy sector is part of the broader U.S. commitment to support the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to strengthen the country’s energy sector.  By the end of the program in 2019, approximately 100 graduate students and faculty members from USPCAS-E (UET Peshawar) will have availed the opportunity to carry out applied energy research at Arizona State University as part of USAID’s $127 million U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy program.

USPCAS-E hosted a Solar Photovoltaic Certification and Reliability Workshop so that the solar technology experts can share information leading to the improvement of PV module reliability. Such improvement reduces the cost of solar electricity and promotes investor confidence in the technology - both critical goals for moving PV technologies deeper into the electricity marketplace.

The workshop was held on May 23-25, at the Serena Hotel Islamabad and it was the fifth in a series of workshops with the aim to enlighten CAS students, researchers and faculty regarding modern day energy practices and technologies. Workshop instructor, Prof. Dr. Govindasamy Tamizhmani from Arizona State University shared his unique experience of predicting the lifetime of a PV module for every climatic region and every type of module construction by investigating actual field failure modes and mechanisms, accelerated lifetime testing and physics-based statistical models. Also, local speakers from AEDB, PV electricity producer via net metering and PV manufacturer shared the challenges, solutions and policy statements to highlight the efforts made by the community and government of Pakistan for the promotion of PV technology in the country.

Students from U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy, UET Peshawar pose for a photograph with Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman Higher Education Commission at the conclusion of the National Consultative Conference on HEC Vision 2025 at Convention Center, Islamabad.

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