Call to promote renewable energy to reduce pressure on fossil fuel

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RAJSHAHI, Jan 20, 2020 (BSS) – Academics and researchers at an
international symposium today unequivocally called for promoting renewable
energy and its storage for lessening gradually mounting pressure on fossil
fuel.

The people of low-income group should have access to renewable energy for
improving their standard, they told at the symposium here.

Institute of Energy and Environmental Studies (IEES) in Rajshahi
University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) organized the symposium
styled “Renewable energy, Energy storage and Power quality” at RUET’s
auditorium.

Professor Kashem Muttaqui from Australian Power Quality and Rehabilitation
Centre addressed the programme as chief guest while IEES Director Prof
Rafiqul Islam presided over.

While RUET Vice-chancellor-in-Charge Prof Iqbal Matin, Additional
Secretary to the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Muhammad
Alauddin, RUET’s Mechanical Engineering Faculty Dean Prof Mosharraf Hossain
and Registrar Prof Selim Hossain also spoke.

Professor Kashem Muttaqui said all the government and non-government
organizations concerned should work together for creating social awareness
towards judicious use of fossil fuel.

Besides, the issue of converting the irrigation system into the renewable
energy based power instead of fossil fuel should be taken into consideration.

He viewed that there are many factors like population growth, emerging
economics, complex technologies and increasing consumers’ demands that may
result in significant increases in demand for all types of energy.

Other speakers said it is essential for scientists and researchers to find
out the renewable energy resources and effective technologies. Bangladesh is
endowed with vast renewable energy resources such as biomass and solar
insulation, they added.