After introducing a solar-power rickshaw, PCSIR (Pakistan Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) is set to roll out electric motorcycles and wheelchairs in near future. This was informed to the National Assembly Standing Committee on Science and Technology on Friday.
The committee held a meeting at the PCSIR under the chairmanship of its Chairman Sajid Mehdi, the members were briefed on the working and performance of the Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET).
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The committee was informed that the share of renewable energy in the country’s energy mix at present was up to 6%, which was higher than the share of nuclear energy, adding that this share was expected to go up to 30% by 2030. The director said PCSIR has introduced a solar power rickshaw with a running timing of three hours and driving range of up to 70 km, while they are also going to introduce electric motor cycles and wheelchairs in the near future, he added.
The committee was informed that the PCSIR had proposed the establishment of an internationally-accredited laboratory in Islamabad in collaboration with Pakistan Standard and Quality Control Authority to regulate the production of quality solar panels.
The committee members recommended that renewable energy sector should be promoted in the country to generate electricity as other sources such as the construction of dams, were too high and time consuming. The committee directed the Science and Technology Ministry of to fill up the vacant posts of the PCSIR. The members also decided to visit the PCSIR regularly to examine the ongoing renewable energy projects.
From: The Express Tribune