FAISALABAD: After suffering from an energy crisis for years, it is high time the country finds a solution to its needs.
An initial investment of up to Rs150 million in a hydro-electric reactor power plant may just be the solution. The technology is environment-friendly and can fulfill industrialist’s energy requirements without interruption for years.
The hydro-electric reactor is a wind-energy based technology, which converts ambulant air from the atmosphere into a 250 mile-per-hour hurricane-force wind. The pressurised air is then used to drive a series of internal turbines to generate electricity.
“It is more affordable than solar power-based energy plants which is dependent on sunlight to operate,” said Tariq Noorani, chief executive officer at Noorani (Pvt) Limited while speaking to The Express Tribune. “The technology also does not use any fossil fuel to generate electricity.”
In order to operate mills with energy requirement of one megawatt, the cost of plant falls between Rs100-150 million. It is a one-time investment, after which the hydro-electric reactor plant provides electricity to the entire mill free of cost.
Millers pay electricity bills to the tune of millions per month and yet face energy shortages and green technology sounds like the best bet to provide free electricity to the millers.
“The cost of the plant is equal to one or two year electricity bill of their mills,” says Noorani. “It uses only air to create electricity. Air goes into the system and only air comes out of the power plant back into the atmosphere. There are no harmful emissions.”
To operate, the plant needs continuous electricity for 30 minutes. After the stipulated time, the hydro plant has the capacity to generate electricity for commercial purposes.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 29th, 2014.
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