LAHORE - The International Association of Hydrogen Energy (IAHE) has asked the government to approve special funds for establishing Hydrogen Research Centre with a view to resolve energy crises through environment friendly solutions.
The IAHE Pakistan Chapter president Dr. Syed Zafar Ilyas, in a letter to Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif, has observed that looking at the present scenario of energy crisis, the govt has to take colossal decisions, harnessing the alternate sources of energies to improve the growth rate of economy.
“The only solution is to exploit renewable energy sources preferably the clean energy source, i.e., hydrogen energy (the future energy). There is already an innovation made to use hydrogen gas as a source of energy despite the fact the gas is inflammable but hydrogen fuel based combustion engines are in operation today on a limited scale. The people of Pakistan get most of its energy (about 80pc) from fossil fuels and wood at the expense of great damage to the forests of the country and environment. Renewable energy technologies are initially expensive but the conditions of weather in Pakistan would make it acceptable provided scientific efforts are put in a right direction.”
Dr. Syed Zafar Ilyas maintained that the hydrogen energy is considered as a solution to the interrelated global problems of depletion of fossil fuels and environmental damage caused by the combustion of fossil fuels through the greenhouse effect, acid rains, ozone layer depletion, pollution and oil spills. The emerging concept caught the imagination of many scientists, engineers and research projects on the hydrogen energy, he added. Projects on hydrogen energy were started in many universities and research organizations around the world.
“Our neighboring country, India has already spent billions of dollars on hydrogen energy research and education programmes. The hydrogen energy was found to be a viable system to replace the present fossil fuel consumption not only by researchers, but also by established industries and industrial entrepreneurs. As a consequence of its unique properties, hydrogen has been making roads in many sectors of the energy system.”
He observed that more than 38 years have passed since the hydrogen energy was formally proposed at The Hydrogen Economy Miami Energy (THEME) Conference, March 1974, Florida, as an answer to the global energy and environmental problems. Since then, there have been many accomplishments in every front from the acceptance of the concept as an answer to the energy and environment related global problems to research, development and commercialization. Dr. Zafar Ilyas stated that Pakistan is a fast developing country with growing energy requirements. The country would greatly benefit from the hydrogen energy conversion system for electricity production. “Govt has consistently supported research and development pertaining to the solutions of energy and environmental problems. We need a strong R&D Program on Hydrogen Energy. At the same time, the energy requirement of Pakistan is growing, while the environmental problems, especially pollution, caused by the combustion of fossil fuels are increasing at an alarming rate.