Recently, SZABIST has been able to install Pakistan’s first indigenously designed and locally produced wind turbine of 6KVA at the Gharo Research Centre by the Centre for Renewable Energy Research (CRER). The wind turbine has been made with almost 85% of the local components that has cost around Rs.1.2 million. According to the project’s head, Dr. Imran Amin, it includes fixed cost of the first produce without giving away the exact cost estimates.
However, a foreign made wind turbine of three megawatts costs around $2.7 million and one megawatt is equivalent to 1,000KVA. With the locally produced wind turbines, Pakistan can utilise the potential of 50,000 megawatts and can produce 110,000 megawatts of wind power according to international estimates. The composite blade design of the wind turbine is superior to other available products in the market and hence is also of a low cost.
They had aerodynamics design and were put to test for 30 months before they were installed. Wind energy has become an important resource to be a used in a world economy dependent on oil, gas and petroleum. A lot of wars and conflicts arise because these fossilized fuels are required to run the industry.
Whereas using renewable energy such as the sun and wind can be of better economic value than spending blood, money and moral in order to acquire oil resources. Pakistan is a country rich in mineral resources and land resources of oil, gas and petroleum. If Pakistan does not develop its own machinery to utilize these natural resources, someone else will need them at some point in time. It is better that we ourselves use it for our own economy’s interest, especially when we need them during inflation with prices of all products rising.