Problems and prospects of hydroelectric power

Pakistan has installed capacity of 6,902 megawatts of hydroelectric power, which meets one-third of the country’s electricity needs. However, there is a potential of more than 50,000MW. Hydroelectric power development has suffered due to prolonged Kalabagh Dam controversy on which national consensus could not be developed. Sindh feared that Punjab …

Solar, electric rickshaws to run in Peshawar soon

To control the ever increasing environmental pollution, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) government has decided to introduce solar and electrical rickshaws in Peshawar soon. Talking to a private news channel, Secretary transport department KP Hamid Gigyani said that the KPK government wanted to reduce pollution in the province and particularly in the capital …

Imran Khan pushes Pakistan to unlock hydropower potential

Reuters MATTA: Standing on the balcony of his two-story riverside hotel, Bilal Mustafa enthuses about the inauguration of a micro-hydroelectric power station in his scenic town. “The cheap electricity from the station will boost the hotel industry in the area and slash the cost of running hotels and motels,” Mustafa …

Pakistan plans huge desert solar park to fight energy crisis

AFP BADAIWANI WALA: For years Pakistanis have sweated and cursed through summer power cuts, but now the government plans to harness the sun’s ferocious heat to help tackle the country’s chronic energy crisis. In a corner of the Cholistan desert in Punjab province, power transmission lines, water pipes and a …

Wireless electricity to soon power cell phones, cars

In a few years, you may never have to worry about manually charging your cell phone or paying for gasoline again. Wireless electricity isn’t a new concept, it was publicly demonstrated over 100 years ago by Nikola Tesla – but has remained elusive in broad commercial applications. However, a start-up …

Energy-starved Pakistan sets sights on coal

AFP GADANI: After years of rolling blackouts that have wreaked havoc on industry and fuelled political unrest, energy-starved Pakistan has set its sights on a coal-fired future. Regarded as the dirtiest of all fossil fuels, recent discoveries of untapped coal fields in southern Pakistan have convinced the government they could …

Breakthrough in coal power

Until the late 1970’s, Pakistan’s entire power generation was based on indigenous resources. Now, less than 60 per cent of power generation is from indigenous resources, which are depleting fast or getting out of use. There are now no two opinions that after hydropower generation, domestic coal, in the long …