Karachi University Runs Equipment at Zero Electricity Cost
KARACHI – “The International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (UoK), has set an example for generation and consumption of energy at the institutional level by using an air conditioning plant (200 Tons) at the zero electricity cost.
The ICCBS has setup a cost effective self power generation system, which fulfills not only the energy requirements but also provide an environment friendly solution.”
Director ICCBS-UoK Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary expressed these views while speaking at an official meeting held last week at H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry, UoK.
He said that the power requirement and its generation was considered as one of the most serious issue of recent time. He maintained that the electricity requirements of the developing countries, especially in Pakistan, were rising noticeably, whereas the infra-structure of power generation was not improving accordingly.
He said that ICCBS had setup this system just to keep the highly sophisticated research equipments save from the dire consequences of power failure or loadshedding. The ICCBS is regarded as one of the finest research establishments of the developing world.
“Seven Gas Fired Generators, including six 370 KVA and one 340 KVA, have been installed and are in operation round the clock. As the sophisticated research instruments need clean and un-interrupted power, several on-line UPS were also installed. To save the batteries of UPS from complete drain (in case of long Power failures), emergency diesel generators, including one 425 KVA, three 300 KVA, one 120 KVA, two 100 KVA, have also been installed for each building. This triple layer energy matrix provides maximum protection to sophisticated scientific instrumentation and may serve a model for science institutions in the developing world facing the similar situation,” Dr. Iqbal Choudhary said.
The co-generation plant consists of a heat recovery system, which produces hot water through jacket water and exhaust gases heat exchangers, he said and added that this hot water was used for producing chilled water, which is enough for complete air conditioning (200 Tons) of a large research building of Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD). He affirmed that this had not only saved substantial energy cost but also minimized the loss of heat, and released of non-green gases from air conditioning plant.
He said, “Other measures for energy saving were seriously taken. Hence several decisions were made including the use of air conditioners only when justified, replacement of normal air conditioners with the inverter types, which consume half the power, replacement of normal bulbs or tube lights with energy savers and use of L.E.D lights.”
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