Friday, October 16, 2009

The Beginning of Something Big

The Beginning of Something Big

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How about Pakistan National Solar Mission...???

Indian National Solar Mission targets called out in the draft
India solar manufacturing capacity ramp to 4-5 GW by 2017
Target to electrify 3 million households by 2012 and 20 million by 2020
Target of 1 million rooftop systems by 2020
Total costs would be 85,000 and 105,000 crores ($18.5 billion to $22.8 billion) over a 30-year period .... read more by clicking:

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Will you be at Inter Solar trade show?

Intersolar North America is the most diverse international business-to-business trade show in the United States for the global solar industry. As the only solar exhibition in North America dedicated to recruiting companies across the solar supply chain from around the world, Intersolar helps the industry improve global supply, distribution, training, regulation and business issues to accelerate market transformation and advance solar as a significant part of the global energy supply. Intersolar North America 2009 has tripled its floor space and features an expected 500 exhibitors and 15,000 trade visitors in San Francisco’s Moscone Center West on July 14-16. The conference, held at the InterContinental Hotel next door, also increases its size and program to over 25 tracks, circa 150 speakers and 1,600 expected attendees. Intersolar North America - Connecting Solar Business .

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Future Entrepreneurs of Pakistan (FEP)

I am launching a google group to empower Pakistani professionals with Engineering, Science, and Business degrees (BA, BS, MBA, etc) to become entrepreneur and create jobs instead of looking for a job. These Engineers, Scientist, and Businessmen / Businesswomen will be grouped together and/or with Capitalists, and guided by established Industrialists/consultants to start small businesses and enterprises. Above all, it will serve as a hub or incubator and spawning spot to match people with likeminded individuals and to form a cross functional team of entrepreneurs bound by common goal of creating mutually agreed products or services - resulting in new start-ups and joint ventures. Please note this is NOT a spot to list/inquire about employment or other services, it is to create Future Pakistani Entrepreneurs to launch new products and services.

Please visit at : Future Entrepreneurs of Pakistan (FEP) and join.

Here is "potential" project.

Back up batteries used to store power for "Off-grid power" (or UPS) are designed differently than the one used in "Automobiles". The difference is the "thickness" and numbers of plates used. That is, for automobile you need to have "thinner" and "many" plates, where for Solar back up you need "thicker" plates. I would like to propose that a "team" to introduce "solar" batteries in Paksitan market to be used for UPS and "off-grid" power. And (potentially) an "engineer/scientist" can partner up with a "distributor" and "industrialist" to launch a joint venture where they can have “industrialist” manufacture x number of batteries to “team’s” specification. These batteries can then be marketed and sold as a “new” product.
Any Comments

Friday, May 15, 2009

Cost of power outage to Pakistan Economy

Pointing out the obvious problems (that are actually symptoms of underlying issues) is very easy and therefore frequently discussed. Thus, when I read Mr. Burki’s article in opf blog (, it inspired me to praise it as well as expand on a couple of items. And since I didn’t see any reference to socialism, I am basing my analysis on assumption that we are talking about market economy and democratic Pakistan.

Here is my take on what are the real issues and solutions.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Big Sur's Post Ranch Inn (CA, USA) Goes Solar

May 5, 2009

Post Ranch Inn has switched on a panel solar installation, one of the largest hotel solar projects in California. The solar array is owned and operated by Recurrent Energy, a distributed power company and leading provider of onsite solar energy. Post Ranch buys its electricity generated by the system from Recurrent Energy through a power purchase agreement at an estimated lower rate than Post Ranch would pay the utility company. In addition, Post Ranch is now insulated from future utility increases. After 15 years of operation, the hotel can purchase the system at a nominal cost and produce free electricity for itself.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Solar Power vs. A Diesel Generator

Solar Power vs. A Diesel Generator

Today we'll design an off-grid power system. We'll leave out quite a bit of detail so the article will fit in one issue, but we'll include enough to make a valid economic selection between the two approaches. One system will be strictly active solar and the other entirely diesel generator based. Generally a hybrid that includes both solar and a generator will be the most cost effective, but these two extremes are shown here to (1) make some key points, and (2) illustrate the analytical process.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Solar Feasibility Study

Please check out my team project: solar feasibility study.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Demand base Electric Metering!

Wouldn't our industries and residential consumers benefit from demand base metering system. Before you say, I know there are hundred reasons why it wouldn't work, I am more interested in one thing that we can do to make it work. Here is an example of how it is done by one utility company in California (they have 6 rates, but i only listed the simplest one).

This slide (click to enlarge) shows that value of Solar Power is much higher than fossil power, because it is produced when demand is highest.

Friday, April 17, 2009

My dream for Paksitan

This is a 20 MW PV Solar System in Nevada Desert (USA). Similar system can power over 20,000 homes for next 25 years at a cost of $100,000,000 (price of two fighter jets).
How much do you think we'll spend on fossil (oil/gas) to produce same amount of power? Please do note that there is "virtually" no maintenance on these and they will still work after 25 years (perhaps 60-70%).