A Biogas Research Institute will be established at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF).
The decision was taken in a meeting on Thursday between UAF officials and a four-member delegation of officials from the Biogas Institute of Ministry of Agriculture (BIOMA) in China. The delegation was headed by BIOMA Training and Information Research Centre Deputy Director Ren Xiaobin.
UAF Vice Chancellor Iqrar Ahmad Khan said he hoped the proposed project would become a milestone in research and development (R&D) in renewable energy.
He praised the efforts of the provincial government to promote R&D in the energy sector. He said over 7,000 biogas plants had been set up during the last 35 years but the lack of resources had restricted its expansion.
Xiaobin said Pakistan had great potential to generate renewable energy through biogas. He said scientists must adopt the latest technologies in order to increase energy production in the country. He said BIOMA had set up 65 projects and provided training to 560 experts.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 17th, 2012.